Following's Sunday's San Marino MotoGP, riders and teams returned to the Misano circuit for the third and final official in-season test of the 2021 season.

Unlike Tuesday's slow start, due to overnight rain, riders were able to start work straight away on Wednesday.

Session 1 ended with Aleix Espargaro fastest for Aprilia, ahead of day one leader Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) and Joan Mir (Suzuki). 

Session 2 began after lunch, at 2pm, with Espargaro going on to complete a perfect double on the RS-GP, despite a surprise challenge from LCR Honda's Takaaki Nakagami

Bagnaia did not ride in the afternoon but his morning time would have been good enough to remain second to Espargaro.

Marc Marquez debuted an all-new Honda prototype on day one, with team-mate Pol Espargaro trying the bike on Wednesday.

Yamaha also had a prototype available for world championship leader Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli, while Suzuki split its 2022 engine and chassis work with Mir and Alex Rins.

Ducati and Aprilia had new aerodynamics, with Dani Pedrosa continuing KTM's development for next season.

Valentino Rossi was taking part in his very final MotoGP test, before retirement at the end of this season.

By contrast, 2022 MotoGP rookies Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez, currently first and second in the Moto2 world championship for Red Bull KTM Ajo, completed their first ever MotoGP laps.

The day was divided into two sessions. The first was from 9:30am-1pm followed by a one-hour lunch break, and then a second session from 2-6pm...

2021 Misano MotoGP Test - Wednesday (6pm - End of Session 2)
  RiderNatTeamTimeLap
1=Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1m 31.584s32/37
2=Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.151s23/23
3=Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.289s32/33
4=Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.390s32/33
5^4Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.451s49/52
6^1Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.521s33/37
7˅2Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.567s30/36
8˅2Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+0.582s26/26
9˅1Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*+0.617s23/28
10^3Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.618s43/44
11˅1Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+0.675s37/44
12˅1Michele PirroITADucati Team (GP21)+0.747s22/29
13˅1Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.768s10/32
14=Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*+1.040s12/12
15=Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.314s14/24
16=Dani PedrosaSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.375s23/31
17=Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.394s15/28
18=Andrea DoviziosoITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.443s6/32
19=Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+2.072s6/12
20^1Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*+2.459s33/38
21˅1Raul FernandezSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+2.776s8/17
22=Remy GardnerAUSKTM Tech3 (RC16)+3.502s14/14
2021 Misano MotoGP Test - Wednesday (1pm - End of Session 1)
 RiderNatTeamTime
1Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1m 31.599s
2Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+0.065s
3Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.108s
4Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+0.199s
5Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.288s
6Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.327s
7Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.360s
8Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.403s
9Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.537s
10Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*+0.557s
11Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.576s
12Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.647s
13Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+0.679s
14Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.772s
15Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*+0.813s
16Michele PirroITADucati Team (GP21)+0.892s
17Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.036s
18Andrea DoviziosoITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.231s
19Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.243s
20Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*+1.376s
21Dani PedrosaSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.774s
22Raul FernandezSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+2.389s
23Sylvain GuintoliFRASuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)+2.542s
24Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*+2.768s
25Remy GardnerAUSKTM Tech3 (RC16)+3.042s

* Rookie

Fastest Day 1 Time:
Best lap:
Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati 1m 31.524s

Official Misano MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Maverick Vinales SPA Yamaha 1m 31.007s (2020)
Fastest race lap:
Enea Bastianini ITA Ducati 1m 32.242s(2021)

By Peter McLaren