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 is trying 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. Nakagami picked up where he left off by leading the first hour, before title runner-up Francesco Bagnaia and Ducati took over at the top by a massive 0.8s, where he has remained.

Meanwhile, Gardner has replaced team-mate Fernandez as the fastest rookie...

2021 Jerez MotoGP Test - Friday (2pm)
Pos RiderNatTeamTimeLap
1=Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP)1m 36.872s12/25
2=Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.800s4/10
3=Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.889s26/30
4=Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+1.035s4/40
5=Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.083s4/30
6=Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+1.122s6/37
7=Enea BastianiniITAGresini Ducati (GP)+1.139s4/16
8=Luca MariniITAVR46 Ducati (GP)+1.153s11/37
9=Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.196s16/33
10=Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.213s6/28
11= Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.228s5/16
12=Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP)+1.288s20/41
13=Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+1.427s15/38
14=Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP)+1.563s11/34
15=Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+1.575s25/34
16=Maverick VinalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+1.589s4/38
17=Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo (GP)+1.646s8/20
18=Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)+1.838s28/35
19^4Remy GardnerAUSKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+2.391s40/40
20˅1Raul FernandezSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+2.531s17/31
21˅1Sylvain GuintoliFRASuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)+2.628s5/18
22˅1Dani PedrosaSPAKTM Test Rider (RC16)+2.635s23/39
23˅1Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini Ducati (GP)*+2.675s19/24
24=Marco BezzecchiITAVR46 Ducati (GP)*+3.453s13/34
25=Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Test Rider (RS-GP)+3.499s7/27
26=Darryn BinderRSAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*+3.878s22/29

* Rookie

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


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