The second and final day of the opening 2021 Qatar MotoGP test is underway at Losail.

Aleix Espargaro and Aprilia were the surprise leaders on day one, but can they hold their advantage?

With the Sepang test cancelled, Qatar is the first time most riders have been on a MotoGP bike since the chequered flag waved at Portimao last November.

The MotoGP regulars are joined by Factory test riders, including Shakedown pace setter Stefan Bradl (Honda) - also substituting for the injured Marc Marquez - new Yamaha signing Cal Crutchlow, 31-time MotoGP race winner Dani Pedrosa (KTM) and former World Superbike champion Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki).

Crutchlow will be sharing M1s with Yamaha's Japanese test riders Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Kohta Nozane. The three bikes, which appear to include both the 2019 (A-Spec) and 2020 (Factory-Spec) models, are labelled '#T1', '#T2' and '#T3'. Official timing only lists the bike, not the rider.

Testing takes place from 2pm to 9pm each day, although only four test riders have so far been out on Sunday, while the MotoGP regulars save their tyres from the afternoon heat.

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2021 Qatar MotoGP test times - Sunday (3pm)
 RiderNatTeamTimeLap
1Dani PedrosaSPAKTM Test Rider (RC16)1m 58.29s4/5
2Michele PirroITADucati Test Rider (GP21)+0.623s4/6
3Yamaha Test1N/AYamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1)+0.756s4/8
4Takuya TsudaJPNSuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)+1.012s12/14

* Rookie

Fastest Day 1 Time:
Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia 1m 54.687s

Official Qatar MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 53.380s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 54.927s (2016)

By Peter McLaren