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.

After finishing the 2021 season on an A-Spec bike, Andrea Dovizioso has a 2022-spec M1 at RNF, with Binder on the 2021 model.

Testing began at 10m and concludes at 6pm with Takaaki Nakagami, who has been trying the 2022 RC213V, still fastest from his lap 4 time and Enea Bastianini moving into second...

2021 Jerez MotoGP Test - Thursday (1pm)
Pos RiderNatTeamTime
1=Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)1m 37.713s
2^11Enea BastianiniITAGresini Ducati (GP)+0.084s
3^3Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.097s
4˅2Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP)+0.329s
5^5Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP)+0.372s
6˅3 Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.419s
7^1Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.452s
8^1Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+0.494s
9^5Maverick VinalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+0.508s
10˅6Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.624s
11˅6Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.633s
12˅5Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+0.767s
13^3Luca MariniITAVR46 Ducati (GP)+0.959s
14^3Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP)+1.036s
15˅4Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.080s
16˅4Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+1.113s
17^2Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)+1.246s
18˅3Mika KallioFINKTM Test Rider (RC16)+1.563s
19^1Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo (GP)+1.786s
20˅2Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Test Rider (RS-GP)+2.121s
21=Raul FernandezSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+2.680s
22=Takuya TsudaJPNSuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)+3.223s
23=Remy GardnerAUSKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+3.685s
24^1Marco BezzecchiITAVR46 Ducati (GP)*+4.801s
25˅1Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini Ducati (GP)*+5.256s
26=Darryn BinderRSAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*+5.848s

* 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