2021 Qatar MotoGP FP2 Result: Miller Paints The Night Red

Scared off by the afternoon heat in Qatar, the premier class got straight back to business when the lights flashed green on the second practice session. While appreciated, the enthusiasm was quickly tamed by a short red flag adjournment a handful of minutes into the session. After the bits of debris were quickly swept away, it was Aleix Espargaro’s time to challenge the fleet of Ducatis provisionally set up at the top of the timing screens. The Spaniard got to enjoy considerable time in the limelight until the red menace hit back and Jack Miller wrote the headlines as the fastest man on the opening night of the season, only seven thousandths of a second slower than the lap record.

Teammate Pecco Bagnaia was his closest challenger, the Italian three hundredths of a second slower in second position, while Fabio Quartararo split the Ducati contingent with a time fast enough for the top three. Johann Zarco got over his tumble from the afternoon and climbed into fourth, with Alex Rins as the lead Suzuki within the top five. Maverick Vinales in sixth was only two tenths off top spot, marginally ahead of Franco Morbidelli and Aleix Espargaro.

Valentino Rossi added a fourth Yamaha to the leading pack, while Pol Espargaro held onto the final top ten position despite adding a second crash to his scoreboard on his first race weekend with Repsol Honda. World champion Joan Mir missed out on those important combined top ten places at the end of Friday, although the Suzuki man was only half a second slower than Miller, with the top 16 positions covered by one second. It continued to be a tough day at the office for KTM, whose leading rider, Brad Binder, was in that 16 place.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'53.387    
2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'53.422 0.035 0.035
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'53.575 0.188 0.153
4 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'53.586 0.199 0.011
5 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'53.623 0.236 0.037
6 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'53.639 0.252 0.016
7 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'53.676 0.289 0.037
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'53.727 0.340 0.051
9 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'53.874 0.487 0.147
10 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'53.901 0.514 0.027
11 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'53.914 0.527 0.013
12 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'54.115 0.728 0.201
13 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'54.178 0.791 0.063
14 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'54.199 0.812 0.021
15 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'54.228 0.841 0.029
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'54.371 0.984 0.143
17 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'54.432 1.045 0.061
18 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'54.634 1.247 0.202
19 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'54.756 1.369 0.122
20 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'54.774 1.387 0.018
21 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'55.098 1.711 0.324
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'55.674 2.287 0.576
Round Number: 
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2021
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Comments

Thanks for the news David.

Looking good for Ducati, at this circuit. Hope Miller's saddle stays on his bike. Zarco fast, Jorge Martin getting up to speed quickest of the newbies.

Valentino within half a second & will be quicker in the race.

It will be worth getting up ridiculously early for a 4am start at my place.

It may still prove to be the best all-rounder of the season. Anyway, what a great feeling to see this and it looks already to be throwing up plenty of protagonists!

Good prediction Funsize. Seems Yamaha have enough speed to do the job.

Rossi faster than Miller & Morbidelli! I didn't see that coming. Old blokes rule!

Can the Yamahas stay with Zarco at 362 kilometres per hour?