With his first crash out of the way, Pol Espargaro spent Thursday in Qatar pushing and improving his overall pace as Stefan Bradl went back to work after an early finish yesterday.

The penultimate day of testing was another productive one for the Repsol Honda Team, a fruitful day for both Pol Espargaro and Stefan Bradl as the pair completed 110 laps together. Conditions remained decent for the premier class, many riders choosing to focus on longer runs over the course of the day as opposed to time attacks.

Early in the day, Pol Espargaro suffered his first fall as a Honda rider. The crash had little consequence and he quickly returned to the circuit after a change of leathers. Bouncing back, Pol picked up his pace and set a low 1’54 to move to the top of the timing tower with three hours of testing left. For the fourth day in a row of testing, Espargaro completed over 50 laps on the Honda with a best time of 1’54.103 and ending the evening as top Honda. Espargaro and the Repsol Honda Team continue to be pleased with the progress and growth shown across the two tests so far. 0.8s back from first, under 1.5 seconds split the top 18 riders when the flag came out.

Stefan Bradl was back out on track after a heavy fall the previous day, the German continuing with Honda’s testing plan. Today’s programme was focused around consistency and gathering data as opposed to pushing the RC213V to the limit. Although his final time wasn’t as headline-grabbing from the previous days, Bradl set a respectable 1’54.427 on his way to 13th. He suffered a second fall at Turn 2 but walked away unharmed.

Now just a single day of testing remains of the pre-season, the 2021 MotoGP World Championship set to begin in Qatar on Friday, March 26 with Free Practice One.

Pol Espargaro

10th 1'54.103

“It was a strange crash today; we were trying different tyres and the wind was very different today so there was less wind at the end of the braking zone. So, this and the tyre we were using wasn’t a great combo but after I used a different tyre, and we went much faster so it’s not a big problem. At the moment we look quite competitive, the Honda so far really fits my natural riding style, and I am enjoying riding it a lot. The future looks nice, but we are still in the early stages. If we do everything well we can have a good year.”

Stefan Bradl

13th 1'54.427

“For me the day was OK, we had a lot of things to try today including some aerodynamics. Overall, it was an acceptable day of testing, even if the track conditions did change a bit. For some reason it was trickier out there but we work with what we have. Tomorrow we will try to combine everything that we have to get the best package possible.”

MotoGP 2021
Testing   Qatar

Qatar Test Two - Day Two

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'53.244
2 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.079
3 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.154
4 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.200
5 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.396
6 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.583
7 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.616
8 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.749
9 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.812
10 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.859
11 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1.103
12 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.104
13 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.183
14 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.239
15 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 1.261
16 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.447
17 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 1.448
18 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.491
19 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.651
20 Marini Luca 10 ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 1.778
21 Test1 Yamaha 81 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 1.836
22 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.951
23 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2.510
24 Test3 Yamaha 83 ARG Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 2.587
25 Guintoli Sylvain 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 2.762
26 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA KTM Test Team KTM 3.462
27 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 3.488
28 Test2 Yamaha 82 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 4.165
29 Tsuda Takuya 85 JPN Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 5.193
Location Information

The fabulous Losail International Circuit lies on the outskirts of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. Built in little over a year, the track cost $58 million USD and required round-the-clock dedication from almost 1,000 workers in order to get it ready for the inaugural event – the Marlboro Grand… read more.

Length 5.380 kilometres / 3.343 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 10
Longest straight 1.068 kilometres / 0.664 miles
Constructed 2004

Losail International Circuit, Al Daayen, Qatar - View in Google Maps

www.circuitlosail.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 52.772s (171.7km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)
Race Lap 1m 54.624s (168.9 km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha,2021)
Race Time 42m28.452 42s (167.1km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
2021 Race Winner Race 1: Maverick Viñales (Yamaha) || Race 2: Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha)