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.
Qatar Test Day Two
|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|
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)|