Miller and Bagnaia form a factory Ducati 1-2 during second practice for the season-opening Qatar MotoGP at Losail.

The faster night-time conditions meant FP2 could well decide the top ten for direct access to Qualifying 2 and all riders put new soft tyres for a time attack in the closing stages.

The top eight riders - Miller to Aprilia's Espargaro - were covered by just 0.34s.

After four riders (Zarco, Miller, P. Espargaro and Bastianini) fell in FP1, Espargaro fell again at the end of FP2.

The session was briefly red-flagged after 8mins to clear debris on the start-finish straight, which seemed to have come from some kind of trackside structure.

Bradl is again replacing the injured Marc Marquez, who is missing both Qatar rounds.

Vinales and Marquez (Alex) are without their usual crew chiefs for most of this weekend, after both registered an unclear PCR test upon arrival in Qatar.

Esteban Garcia (Vinales) and Christophe 'Beefy' Bourguignon (Marquez) will remain isolated in their hotels until passing a PCR test on Saturday. 

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Qatar MotoGP, Losail Circuit - Free Practice (2) Results
Pos RiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1^2Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)1'53.387s15/17352k
2^6Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+0.035s12/16350k
3^1Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.188s16/17345k
4^9Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+0.199s16/18354k
5^2Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.236s17/19345k
6=Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.252s18/18346k
7˅6Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.289s19/19342k
8˅6Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.340s16/16343k
9=Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.487s17/19344k
10^5Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.514s17/18351k
11˅6Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.527s16/18343k
12˅1Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+0.728s15/17348k
13^7Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*+0.791s17/17353k
14˅2Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.812s16/16348k
15^3Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*+0.841s17/17348k
16=Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.984s14/15348k
17=Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*+1.045s15/17350k
18˅4Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.247s16/18348k
19˅9Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.369s16/17347k
20˅1Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.387s15/16344k
21^1Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.711s14/16350k
22˅1Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*+2.287s16/18340k

^X Rider is X positions higher than FP1.
= Rider is same position as FP1.
˅X Rider is X positions lower than FP1.

* Rookie.
2021 Qatar Tests - Fastest Time:
Jack Miller AUS Ducati 1m 53.183s

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

Qatar MotoGP 2021 | Battle in the desert - MotoGP Qatar Race Preview