Qatar 2 MotoGP Test Wednesday Final Times: Miller Smashes Lap Record

Lap records are tumbling at the end of the first day of the second Qatar test. After Fabio Quartararo smashed Marc Marquez' outright lap record of 1'53.380 by over a tenth of a second, Jack Miller took another eight hundredths off that, going just shy of two tenths faster than Marquez did during the race weekend in 2019. It is a testament to the much improved conditions.

Miller and the factory Ducati lead, ahead of the Monster Energy Yamaha pairing of Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viñales, though Viñales is a third of a second slower than Jack Miller. Johann Zarco put the Pramac Ducati into fourth place, with the exact same time as Pol Espargaro on the Repsol Honda.

Aleix Espargaro ended the in sixth on the Aprilia, just ahead of the Suzuki pairing of Joan Mir and Alex Rins. Rins was the last rider to get within a second of Jack Miller. Pecco Bagnaia was ninth quickest on the first day, just over a second slower than his factory Ducati teammate, and just ahead of Franco Morbidelli on the Petronas Yamaha.

Testing resumes on Thursday, and finishes on Friday.

Times at the end of the first day:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP21 1:53.183    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 1:53.263 0.080 0.080
3 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:53.510 0.327 0.247
4 5 Johann Zarco Ducati GP21 1:53.899 0.716 0.389
5 44 Pol Espargaro Honda RC213V 1:53.899 0.716 0.000
6 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:53.971 0.788 0.072
7 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 1:54.078 0.895 0.107
8 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:54.143 0.960 0.065
9 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP21 1:54.236 1.053 0.093
10 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:54.262 1.079 0.026
11 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 1:54.367 1.184 0.105
12 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 1:54.526 1.343 0.159
13 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:54.618 1.435 0.092
14 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati GP19 1:54.738 1.555 0.120
15 73 Alex Márquez Honda RC213V 1:54.930 1.747 0.192
16 6 Stefan Bradl Honda RC213V 1:54.974 1.791 0.044
17 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM RC16 1:54.978 1.795 0.004
18 91 Yamaha Test 2 Yamaha M1 1:54.998 1.815 0.020
19 89 Jorge Martin Ducati GP21 1:55.010 1.827 0.012
20 33 Brad Binder KTM RC16 1:55.279 2.096 0.269
21 27 Iker Lecuona KTM RC16 1:55.315 2.132 0.036
22 10 Luca Marini Ducati GP19 1:55.328 2.145 0.013
23 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM RC16 1:55.640 2.457 0.312
24 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.642 2.459 0.002
25 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RS-GP 1:56.168 2.985 0.526
26 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP21 1:57.255 4.072 1.087
27 90 Yamaha Test 1 Yamaha M1 1:57.510 4.327 0.255
28 85 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 1:57.795 4.612 0.285
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If I learned one thing last year it's to not put too much weight on any rankings other than those at the end of race day. Actually, I've probably known that for 20-odd years. Though I'd love to see Jack do exceptionally well this year, the way he slid and scraped the bike around the corners last year was a joy to watch and there wasn't a race where he wasn't throwing everything he could at it.

Jack will contend at the front this season. He gets better each season and hopefully his bike is better too. Zarco is looking good so he may be a bit of a surprise. The rest of the Ducati riders not-so-much.