2021 pre-season MotoGP testing has come to a dusty conclusion with Danilo Petrucci quickest out of just five riders to set a lap time on a blustery final day.

Most of those laps were done during the final hour, with only Petrucci and Pol Espargaro braving the conditions from 2pm-7:45pm.

Monster Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo also left the pits to do practice starts, working on the clutch, but didn't set a lap time today.

After a March 5 Shakedown (led by Stefan Bradl) and opening Official Test from March 6-7 (led by Monster Yamaha signing Fabio Quartararo fastest), Jack Miller had beat the official lap record at the start of the second test.

Maverick Vinales then fought back for Yamaha on day two but Miller's 1m 53.183s remained the best of the test.

CLICK HERE for the combined best lap times over all 3 days.

The MotoGP regulars were 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 was sharing M1s with Yamaha's Japanese test riders Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Kohta Nozane. The three bikes were labelled '#T1', '#T2' and '#T3'. Official timing only listed the bike, not the rider, although one of Crutchlow's (Factory-spec) bikes was in a special 60th anniversary Yamaha livery for the final test

Testing took place from 2pm to 9pm each day, followed by ten minutes reserved for practice starts. The next time riders will be on track is during opening practice for the March 26-28 race weekend.

2021 Qatar MotoGP Test II - Friday (FINAL)
 RiderNatTeamTimeLap
1Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)1m 58.157s7/9
2Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.275s3/3
3Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.657s6/12
4Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+2.984s5/11
5Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+3.146s2/8

* 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
 

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