Miller leads a Ducati 1-2-3 at the end of Friday practice for the Doha MotoGP, with Quartararo best of the rest and fast rookie Martin in fifth for Pramac.

FP1 leader Espargaro again featured at the top of the timesheets for Aprilia on his way to sixth.

Tonight's top ten is expected to decide direct access to Qualifying 2, with Saturday's FP3 taking place in the slower afternoon heat.

That means the likes of Mir, Rossi and Honda's Espargaro look set for Qualifying 1.

Rossi's team-mate Morbidelli had no repeat of his FP1 technical issues but is rumoured to have lost an engine from his 2021 allocation. Update: Morbidelli confirms he used a third engine, as a precaution this afternoon, but his other two engines remain available.

The Doha Grand Prix is the second of two back-to-back opening rounds held at Losail in Qatar.

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

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Doha MotoGP, Qatar  - Free Practice (2) Results
Pos RiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1^17Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)1'53.145s13/15348k
2^18Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+0.313s15/15348k
3^19Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+0.392s17/17356k
4^3Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.438s15/16344k
5˅1Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*+0.448s17/17354k
6˅5Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.501s10/11344k
7˅2Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.554s11/15343k
8˅6Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.568s15/17343k
9˅6Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.727s18/18343k
10˅1Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.769s18/18350k
11^4Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.799s16/17347k
12˅6Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.824s15/16344k
13˅5Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.867s17/17342k
14^3Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.967s18/18347k
15˅5Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.982s9/13348k
16˅3Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+1.003s13/16347k
17˅5Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.060s13/15351k
18˅2Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.092s13/15351k
19˅5Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*+1.371s14/16347k
20˅9Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*+1.535s16/17346k
21=Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*+1.826s11/17339k
22˅3Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+2.224s15/15346k

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

* Rookie.

Fastest FP1 time:
Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia 1m 54.779s

Official Qatar MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati 1m 52.772s(2021)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 54.927s (2016)

 

By Peter McLaren
 

 

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