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 lso 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.

The Italian has remained fastest ever since but with Maverick Vinales, Yamaha's world champion Fabio Quartararo, Honda's Espargaro, Suzuki's Alex Rins and then Quartararo (again) all swapping second place during the final hours...

2021 Jerez MotoGP Test - Friday (5pm)
Pos RiderNatTeamTimeLap
1=Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP)1m 36.872s12/42
2=Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.452s67/68
3^5Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.551s54/59
4^3Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.624s46/46
5˅2Maverick VinalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+0.750s67/72
6=Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.762s59/69
7˅3Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.800s4/36
8^1Enea BastianiniITAGresini Ducati (GP)+0.826s20/22
9^7Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo (GP)+0.845s38/39
10˅5Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+0.888s56/56
11=Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.070s45/46
12˅2Luca MariniITAVR46 Ducati (GP)+1.153s11/56
13^5Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)+1.157s54/58
14˅2Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.213s6/52
15˅2 Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.228s5/30
16˅2Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+1.277s47/55
17˅2Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP)+1.288s20/65
18˅1Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP)+1.563s11/34
19^4Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini Ducati (GP)*+1.656s43/45
20=Raul FernandezSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.819s53/55
21^1Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Test Rider (RS-GP)+1.852s45/50
22˅1Remy GardnerAUSKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.856s62/64
23^1Sylvain GuintoliFRASuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)+2.168s54/56
24˅5Dani PedrosaSPAKTM Test Rider (RC16)+2.313s45/58
25=Marco BezzecchiITAVR46 Ducati (GP)*+2.440s54/62
26=Darryn BinderRSAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*+3.364s41/51

* Rookie

^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