Action returns as MotoGP testing gets underway in Qatar, Pol Espargaro enjoying his first contact with the Repsol Honda and Stefan Bradl making constant improvements.

Heavy winds swept across the Losail International Circuit as the first day of official testing began ahead of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship season. While much of the field waited for conditions to settle, the Repsol Honda Team were eager to make the most of the track time available.

Pol Espargaro was the first full-time rider out on track, eager to sample the Honda RC213V for the first time. Completing his instillation lap, Espargaro returned to the box for his first debrief and setup adjustments. Short runs would be the order for much of the day as the 2013 Moto2 World Champion adapted to life in Repsol Honda Team colours. Each lap saw Espargaro improve his time, settling on a best time of 1’55.878 after 68 laps aboard the Honda.

Times were not the focus of the day, Espargaro and his team working on getting comfortable on the bike and improving his feeling on the Honda RC213V.

Having had a successful day of running during the Shakedown the previous day, Stefan Bradl was back on track. The experienced German was fast from the off, leading the start of testing and retaining a position in the top three for the majority of running. Ending the evening second fastest, Bradl’s 1’54.943 was 0.256s shy of the top time.

Qatar Test Day One

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’54.687
2 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team 0.256
3 MIR Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 0.293
4 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team 0.335
5 OLIVEIRA Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 0.397
6 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing 0.423
7 MORBIDELLI Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT 0.487
8 RINS Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 0.511
9 VINALES Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 0.572
10 MARQUEZ Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda 0.591
11 NAKAGAMI Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda 0.780
12 BINDER Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 0.848
13 BAGNAIA Francesco 63 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team 0.885
14 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT 0.897
15 QUARTARARO Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 1.020
16 TEST2 Yamaha 82 JPN Yamaha Test Team 1.120
17 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1.191
18 MARTIN Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing 1.460
19 SAVADORI Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1.824
20 BASTIANINI Enea 23 ITA Avintia Esponsorama 1.906
21 TEST1 Yamaha 81 JPN Yamaha Test Team 1.954
22 LECUONA Iker 27 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing 2.233
23 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing 2.302
24 MARINI Luca 10 ITA SKY VR46 Avintia 2.648
25 GUINTOLI Sylvain 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team 2.773
26 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA KTM Test Team 2.930
27 TEST3 Yamaha 83 ARG Yamaha Test Team 4.009
28 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA Ducati Test Team 4.230
29 TSUDA Takuya 85 JPN Suzuki Test Team 5.006