It proved to be another productive evening in Qatar, both riders improving their overall speed and trying a raft of options on the RC213V machines as times continued to tighten among the top riders.

Having started well yesterday, both sides of the Repsol Honda Team garage were eager to continue their form and keep improving. With just over three hours of the test remaining, Stefan Bradl and Pol Espargaro led the timesheets in first and second as they put the 2021 RC213V through its paces.

After a positive first day adjusting to the RC213V, Pol Espargaro was again keen to get out on track and continue to lap the 5.4km long Losail International Circuit. With a day of riding and an evening of reviewing data away from the circuit, Espargaro was able to almost immediately improve on his best time from the previous day as his knowledge of the Honda continues to grow. Today Pol and his crew began to work towards longer runs as his base setting was refined.

Ultimately a 1’54.673 saw Espargaro finish the day in 12th, 1.2s faster than his best time from yesterday. With only 0.750s dividing the 13 fastest riders, there was nothing to choose between the top positions.

Stefan Bradl proved his day one pace was no flash in the pan, quickly getting within a few tenths of his best time and dropping into the 1’54s soon after. As the test entered the closing stages, Bradl was in command of the time sheets and looking very comfortable on board the RC213V. Bradl was able to keep pace as the times dropped, settling on a 1’54.210 to end the day in fifth.

Testing resumes on Wednesday, March 10 as the final three days of pre-season testing begins.

Pol Espargaro

12th 1'54.673

"Another good day, we were not at the top but I am very satisfied with my speed and my overall pace. We were 0.7s from the top and 0.5s from the top five which is a positive after only two days on the bike. I am happy with how the adaption to the bike is going, there are still some areas to work on but physically I am coping well with how to ride the Honda. It is just a matter of time to understand how to make the most of the Honda, I think today we showed the progress you can make in just one day so I am looking forward to a quick break and then getting back on the Honda again."

Stefan Bradl

5th 1'54.210

"Well we have had another positive day on the bike and I am pleased with what we have done. We were able to improve almost immediately, and our pace kept up with the guys at the top, it shows that both the bike and I are working well here. This is allowing us to get a lot of work done for Honda and so far we have had three very productive days. I was not chasing a fast lap so much and the times are very tight. Now I will enjoy a short rest before coming back for the final three days of testing here."

MotoGP 2021
Testing   Qatar

Qatar Test Day Two

Dry
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'53.940
2 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.077
3 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.212
4 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.213
5 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.270
6 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.416
7 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.455
8 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.575
9 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.711
10 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.718
11 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.726
12 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.733
13 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.750
14 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 1.012
15 Test1 Yamaha 81 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 1.366
16 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 1.546
17 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.630
18 Marini Luca 10 ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 1.665
19 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.692
20 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1.768
21 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.855
22 Test2 Yamaha 82 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 1.927
23 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.933
24 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.004
25 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA KTM Test Team KTM 2.512
26 Guintoli Sylvain 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 2.822
27 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 3.955
28 Tsuda Takuya 85 JPN Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 4.970
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)