Nakagami and world champion Mir advance through to the Q2 pole position shootout, where they will join the ten fastest riders after third practice.

Rookie Bastianini just misses out after briefly leading the session. Martin fell at the end of the session after also being in contention for Qualifying 2.

The others will start, in the following order, from 13th on the grid onwards…

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Qatar MotoGP, Losail Circuit - Qualifying (1) Results
1Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)
2Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
3Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)
4Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)
5Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)
6Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)
7Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)
8Luca MariniITAVR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)
9Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)
10Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)
11Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)
12Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)

* Rookie.
2021 Qatar MotoGP - Fastest Day 1 Time:
Jack Miller AUS Ducati 1m 53.387s

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