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.

Takaaki Nakagami was fastest for Honda on day one, as he and LCR team-mate Alex Marquez tried out different versions of the 2022 RCV prototype, alongside their existing machines.

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez is absent as he continues treatment for double-vision problems, but team-mate Pol Espargaro is back on track after withdrawing from Valencia due to a huge Saturday highside. Espargaro rode his 2021 bike on day one but will try the prototype, first seen at the previous Misano test, today.

The end of the Covid technical freeze means Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki and Honda can upgrade their engine designs for the first time since the 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. VR46 and Gresini have GP21s (but Luca Marini will then get a GP22 next year), with Andrea Dovizioso is using a 2022 Yamaha and rookie RNF team-mate Darryn Binder (jumping straight from Moto3) the 2021 spec.

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 Binder (RNF), Fabio di Giannantonio (Gresini) and Marco Bezzecchi (VR46) are getting their first taste of MotoGP.

Fernandez was fastest of the rookies on day one, in 19th place.

Testing began at 10am and concludes at 6pm, with Nakagami starting the day as he left off yesterday...

2021 Jerez MotoGP Test - Friday (11am)
PosRiderNatTeamTime
1Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)1m 37.672s
2Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.144s
3Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.235s
4Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.283s
5Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.322s
6Enea BastianiniITAGresini Ducati (GP)+0.339s
7Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.413s
8Maverick VinalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+0.789s
9Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP)+0.944s
10Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.969s
11Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+1.031s
12Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)+1.072s
13Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+1.231s
14Luca MariniITAVR46 Ducati (GP)+1.836s
15Dani PedrosaSPAKTM Test Rider (RC16)+2.698s
16Marco BezzecchiITAVR46 Ducati (GP)*+3.004s
17Darryn BinderRSAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*+3.288s
18Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Test Rider (RS-GP)+3.772s

* Rookie

Fastest Day 1 Time:
Best lap:
Takaaki Nakagami JPN Honda 1m 37.313s

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