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, followed by ten minutes reserved for practice starts.

The second and final pre-season test will then be held at the same circuit on March 10-12, venue for the season-opening race on March 28, then round two on April 4.

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2021 Qatar MotoGP test times - Sunday (8pm)
  RiderNatTeamTimeLap
1^1Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1m 54.152s42/50
2^1Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.001s50/50
3^2Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.058s44/47
4˅3Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+0.215s33/48
5^3Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.243s55/60
6^4Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.268s45/46
7=Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.363s45/48
8˅4Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.506s25/42
9^3Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.514s35/38
10˅4Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.521s25/52
11^3Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+0.665s40/47
12˅3Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+0.705s25/41
13˅2Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+0.800s32/46
14˅1Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.028s28/46
15=Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Esponsorama (GP19)*+1.334s35/41
16^6Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*+1.480s29/36
17^10Yamaha Test1N/AYamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1)+61.490s19/19
18^3Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.556s35/37
19˅3Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.643s39/46
20˅3Yamaha Test2N/AYamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1)+1.715s20/20
21˅3Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.721s22/33
22˅3Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia (GP19)*+1.773s23/42
23˅3Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.792s23/38
24^1Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*+2.200s31/32
25˅2Dani PedrosaSPAKTM Test Rider (RC16)+2.300s32/53
26˅2Sylvain GuintoliFRASuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)+2.610s26/40
27˅1Michele PirroITADucati Test Rider (GP21)+3.743s19/20
28=Takuya TsudaJPNSuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)+4.758s16/25

* Rookie

Key:
^X Rider is X positions higher than previous hour.
= Rider is same position as previous hour.
˅X Rider is X positions lower than previous hour.

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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