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, followed by ten minutes reserved for practice starts.

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2021 Qatar MotoGP test times - Sunday (5pm)
1Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)1m 54.658s10/10
2Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.187s11/24
3Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.468s6/15
4Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.616s3/4
5Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.654s3/7
6Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.875s5/14
7Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+0.902s4/16
8Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+0.952s4/14
9Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.006s10/16
10Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+1.032s5/5
11Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+1.138s15/25
12Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.349s17/17
13Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+1.356s6/6
14Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+1.413s18/18
15Yamaha Test2N/AYamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1)+1.477s11/15
16Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.635s6/10
17Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+61.736s22/23
18Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.807s14/17
19Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.866s4/12
20Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*+1.950s3/3
21Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Esponsorama (GP19)*+2.132s6/13
22Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia (GP19)*+2.241s12/12
23Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*+2.467s9/12
24Dani PedrosaSPAKTM Test Rider (RC16)+2.711s18/23
25Sylvain GuintoliFRASuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)+2.721s4/9
26Michele PirroITADucati Test Rider (GP21)+3.237s19/20
27Yamaha Test1N/AYamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1)+3.824s12/12
28Takuya TsudaJPNSuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)+4.252s16/25

* 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


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