Qatar 1 MotoGP Test Sunday Final Times: Quartararo Tops Final Day Of First Qatar Test

Fabio Quartararo has ended the first Qatar MotoGP test on top of the timesheets. The Monster Energy Yamaha rider was the only rider to crack into the 1'53s, ending the day half a second behind Marc Marquez' outright lap record at the Losail International Circuit.

Jack Miller was second fastest on the test, the factory Ducati rider having spent most of the day evaluating Ducati's new aero package. Aleix Espargaro was third fastest on the 2021 Aprilia RS-GP, a thousandth of a second ahead of Franco Morbidelli on the 2019-spec Yamaha M1.

Honda test rider Stefan Bradl closed the second day in fifth, just over a quarter of asecond slower than Quartararo, and ahead of Pramac Ducati's Johann Zarco. Maverick Viñales was seventh quickest, making it three Yamahas inside the top seven, while Joan Mir was first Suzuki home.

The field is incredibly tight. The first thirteen riders are within three quarters of a second, Alex Marquez in fourteenth the first rider over a second slower than Quartararo.

The riders now have to days off, while their engineers chew over the data and work on improvements for the second Qatar test, which starts on Wednesday.

Times at the end of the second day:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 1:53.940    
2 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP21 1:54.017 0.077 0.077
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:54.152 0.212 0.135
4 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 1:54.153 0.213 0.001
5 6 Stefan Bradl Honda RC213V 1:54.210 0.270 0.057
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati GP21 1:54.356 0.416 0.146
7 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:54.395 0.455 0.039
8 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 1:54.515 0.575 0.120
9 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP21 1:54.651 0.711 0.136
10 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:54.658 0.718 0.007
11 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 1:54.666 0.726 0.008
12 44 Pol Espargaro Honda RC213V 1:54.673 0.733 0.007
13 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:54.690 0.750 0.017
14 73 Alex Márquez Honda RC213V 1:54.952 1.012 0.262
15 90 Yamaha Test 1 Yamaha M1 1:55.306 1.366 0.354
16 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati GP19 1:55.486 1.546 0.180
17 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.570 1.630 0.084
18 10 Luca Marini Ducati GP19 1:55.605 1.665 0.035
19 89 Jorge Martin Ducati GP21 1:55.632 1.692 0.027
20 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:55.708 1.768 0.076
21 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM RC16 1:55.795 1.855 0.087
22 91 Yamaha Test 2 Yamaha M1 1:55.867 1.927 0.072
23 27 Iker Lecuona KTM RC16 1:55.873 1.933 0.006
24 33 Brad Binder KTM RC16 1:55.944 2.004 0.071
25 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM RC16 1:56.452 2.512 0.508
26 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.762 2.822 0.310
27 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP21 1:57.895 3.955 1.133
28 85 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 1:58.910 4.970 1.015
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MotoGP is BACK!

(Yes, "just testing etc" true, some folks were not overtly chasing a fast lap) Surprises: all the KTMs besides Oliveira, Valentino, Aleix. Should we allow ourselves some excitement about the Aprilia? I am interested! But they will likely need a little bit more top end squeezed out of that engine, yeah? 

Honorable mention: Jack, Bradl, Zarco. Bastianini is looking pretty good - going to tip for rookie of the year. 

Anyone know what KTM's sluggish pace is about in particular? I don't. 

I've watched all the After the Flags as soon as they have gone live for the testing, so happy to see bikes in action again. Poor Fabio thought they had a 3 day break, seemed quite disappointed when he was reminded it was only two; his hands had some pretty gnarly blisters after the testing.

One really nice thing about watching testing is to get used to the new/changed riders on the grid. When was the last time so many riders moved to a different team? I need to get @motogpmart on that!