Following's Sunday's Valencia season finale, MotoGP teams have travelled to Jerez for a two-day test and the last official track action of 2021.

Marc Marquez is absent as he continues treatment for double-vision problems, while Repsol Honda team-mate Pol Espargaro is back on track after withdrawing from Valencia due to rib pain from a huge Saturday highside.

The main task for the factory riders is to continue development work on their 2022 prototypes, which in the case of Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki and Honda can feature engine upgrades for the first time since the Covid technical freeze at the start of 2020.

KTM's engine was frozen at the start of 2021, when it left Concessions, while Aprilia has been free to develop this year.

The test marks the debut of the new VR46 Ducati team, plus the heavily revised RNF Yamaha (formerly SRT) and Gresini Ducati (formerly partnered with Aprilia) squads.

All five of next year's rookies are in action, reigning Moto2 champion Remy Gardner and Tech3 team-mate Raul Fernandez making their second appearances on the RC16 after some laps at the Misano test, while Darryn Binder (RNF), Fabio di Giannantonio (Gresini) and Marco Bezzecchi (VR46) get their first taste of MotoGP.

Testing began at 10am but as is often the case it was a slow start with Luca Marini the first to set a lap time, just before 11am.

As of midday it's LCR's Takaaki Nakagami, who is also thought to have been trying the 2022 RC213V, who is fastest...

2021 Jerez MotoGP Test - Thursday (12pm)
1Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)1m 37.713s
2Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP)+0.329s
3 Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.419s
4Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.624s
5Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.633s
6Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.684s
7Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+0.767s
8Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.798s
9Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+0.801s
10Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP)+0.939s
11Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.043s
12Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+1.080s
13Enea BastianiniITAGresini Ducati (GP)+1.113s
14Maverick VinalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+1.448s
15Mika KallioFINKTM Test Rider (RC16)+1.563s
16Luca MariniITAVR46 Ducati (GP)+1.949s
17Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP)+1.964s
18Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Test Rider (RS-GP)+2.121s
19Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)+2.157s
20Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo (GP)+2.350s
21Raul FernandezSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+3.371s
22Takuya TsudaJPNSuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)+3.967s
23Remy GardnerAUSKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+4.987s
24Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini Ducati (GP)*+5.612s
25Marco BezzecchiITAVR46 Ducati (GP)*+6.256s
26Darryn BinderRSAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*+9.158s

* Rookie

Official Jerez MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Maverick Vinales SPA Yamaha 1m 36.584s (2020)
Fastest race lap:
Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 1m 37.770s (2021)

By Peter McLaren