Qatar 1 MotoGP Test Saturday Final Times: Espargaro Tops First Day Of MotoGP Testing

Aleix Espargaro has ended the first day of testing for the MotoGP class at Qatar on top of the timesheets. The 2021 Aprilia RS-GP is capable of posting a fast lap, as Espargaro lapped under the race lap record.

Stefan Bradl ended the day as second, the Repsol Honda rider just a quarter of a second slower than the Aprilia. Reigning world champion Joan Mir finished in third, just a few hundredths behind Bradl, and just ahead of factory Ducati rider Jack Miller. Miguel Oliviera was fastest KTM rider in fifth, ahead of Johann Zarco on the Pramac Ducati, while Franco Morbidelli was the fastest Yamaha in seventh.

Alex Rins set the eight fastest time on the second Suzuki, half a second behind Aleix Espargaro, and just a bit ahead of Maverick Viñales. Alex Marquez was the fastest official Honda rider, the LCR rider ending the day in tenth.

Times at the end of day 1:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'54.687    
2 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'54.943 0.256 0.256
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'54.980 0.293 0.037
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'55.022 0.335 0.042
5 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'55.084 0.397 0.062
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'55.110 0.423 0.026
7 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'55.174 0.487 0.064
8 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'55.198 0.511 0.024
9 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'55.259 0.572 0.061
10 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'55.278 0.591 0.019
11 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'55.467 0.780 0.189
12 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'55.535 0.848 0.068
13 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'55.572 0.885 0.037
14 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.584 0.897 0.012
15 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'55.707 1.020 0.123
16 82 Yamaha Test2 Yamaha 1'55.807 1.120 0.100
17 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'55.878 1.191 0.071
18 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'56.147 1.460 0.269
19 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'56.511 1.824 0.364
20 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'56.593 1.906 0.082
21 81 Yamaha Test1 Yamaha 1'56.641 1.954 0.048
22 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'56.920 2.233 0.279
23 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'56.989 2.302 0.069
24 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'57.335 2.648 0.346
25 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki 1'57.460 2.773 0.125
26 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM 1'57.617 2.930 0.157
27 83 Yamaha Test3 Yamaha 1'58.696 4.009 1.079
28 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'58.917 4.230 0.221
29 85 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki 1'59.693 5.006 0.776
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Comments

less than 0.03 sec quicker & Franco would have made 6 manufacturers in top 6 times.

0.5 sec covering top 7 riders on 6 diff makes  ;))

As ever, we have waited a long time for the season to start, which means we have the pleasure of reading your reports again David.  Here's to an unpredictable and exciting season.