Miller remains fastest after wind, sand hits Qatar

Street sweepers clearing sand at Losail on the final day of the second Official Test. Picture: Yamaha Factory Racing

Jack Miller remains fastest overall at the conclusion of MotoGP pre-season testing after high winds effectively wiped out the final day of running in Qatar.

The Queenslander unofficially broke the Losail International Circuit’s All Time Lap Record when he rode his Ducati to a 1:53.183s on Day 1 of the second Official Test of 2021.

Only five riders set a lap time on Day 3, which included a red flag period with just over two hours remaining in order to clean the track of the sand which had been blown onto it.

Best of those was Tech3 KTM’s Danilo Petrucci, who clocked a 1:58.157s, while Honda Test Team’s Stefan Bradl ended up second with a 1:59.432s on his third and final lap.

Jack Miller during pre-season testing

As such, it is two Ducati pilots sandwiching three from Yamaha in the combined top five for the test.

Behind Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team), Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha) is second-fastest with the 1:53.244s with which he topped the penultimate day, from Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha), Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT), and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team).

Moto2 and Moto3 have their Official Test at Losail on March 19-21, before all three classes are in action when the season proper kicks off with the Qatar Grand Prix on the following weekend.

Combined: Losail Official Test 2

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Fastest lap Day Gap 1st/Prev
1 43 J.MILLER AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1:53.183 TD3
2 12 M.VIÑALES ESP Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:53.244 TD4 0.061/0.061
3 20 F.QUARTARARO FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:53.263 TD3 0.080/0.019
4 21 F.MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:53.323 TD4 0.140/0.060
5 63 F.BAGNAIA ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1:53.444 TD4 0.261/0.121
6 41 A.ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:53.640 TD4 0.457/0.196
7 36 J.MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:53.827 TD4 0.644/0.187
8 42 A.RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:53.860 TD4 0.677/0.033
9 5 J.ZARCO FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 1:53.899 TD3 0.716/0.039
10 44 P.ESPARGARO ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:53.899 TD3 0.716
11 46 V.ROSSI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:53.993 TD4 0.810/0.094
12 30 T.NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:54.262 TD3 1.079/0.269
13 6 S.BRADL GER Honda Test Team Honda 1:54.427 TD4 1.244/0.165
14 89 J.MARTIN ESP Pramac Racing Ducati 1:54.483 TD4 1.300/0.056
15 23 E.BASTIANINI ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 1:54.505 TD4 1.322/0.022
16 88 M.OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:54.526 TD3 1.343/0.021
17 33 B.BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:54.691 TD4 1.508/0.165
18 73 A.MARQUEZ ESP LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:54.692 TD4 1.509/0.001
19 9 D.PETRUCCI ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:54.895 TD4 1.712/0.203
20 82 Y.TEST2 Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 1:54.998 TD3 1.815/0.103
21 10 L.MARINI ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 1:55.022 TD4 1.839/0.024
22 81 Y.TEST1 Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 1:55.080 TD4 1.897/0.058
23 27 I.LECUONA ESP Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:55.195 TD4 2.012/0.115
24 26 D.PEDROSA ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:56.706 TD4 2.457/0.445
25 50 S.GUINTOLI FRA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:55.642 TD3 2.459/0.002
26 32 L.SAVADORI ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:56.168 TD3 2.571/0.112
27 83 Y.TEST3 Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 1:55.831 TD4 2.648/0.077
28 51 M.PIRRO ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 1:56.732 TD4 3.549/0.901
29 85 T.TSUDA JPN Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:57.795 TD3 4.612/1.063

TD3, TD4, TD5 denote day of official testing, including first, two-day test
Fastest lap on first test: Fabio Quartararo 1:53.940

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