Day two of the final 2021 Official MotoGP pre-season test is underway at Losail in Qatar.

After the March 5 Shakedown (led by Stefan Bradl) and then opening Official Test from March 6-7 (which saw new Monster Yamaha signing Fabio Quartararo fastest), Jack Miller beat the lap record en route to putting Ducati on top of the timesheets on day one of the final three-day test.

The MotoGP regulars are again joined by Factory test riders Bradl (Honda) - also substituting for the injured Marc Marquez - new Yamaha signing Cal Crutchlow, Dani Pedrosa (KTM), Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki) and Michele Pirro (Ducati).

Crutchlow is again sharing M1s with Yamaha's Japanese test riders Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Kohta Nozane. The three bikes, which appear to include 2019 (A-Spec) plus 2020 and 2021 Factory-spec machines, are labelled '#T1', '#T2' and '#T3'. Official timing only lists the bike, not the rider, although one of Crutchlow's (Factory-spec) bikes is in a special 60th anniversary Yamaha livery for the final test.

Testing takes place from 2pm to 9pm each day, followed by ten minutes reserved for practice starts, but only two test riders set a lap time in the opening hour of Thursday as most of the field wait for the sun to set.

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2021 Qatar MotoGP Test II - Thursday (3pm)
1Michele PirroITADucati Test Rider (GP21)1m 57.068s16/16
2Takuya TsudaJPNSuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)+1.869s16/17

* Rookie

2021 Qatar Tests - Fastest Time:
Jack Miller AUS Ducati 1m 53.183s (Wednesday)

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