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.
Qatar Test Two - Day Two
|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||Ducati Test Team||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|
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|
|Longest straight||1.068 kilometres / 0.664 miles|
Losail International Circuit, Al Daayen, Qatar - View in Google Maps
|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)|