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Following’s Sunday’s Valencia season finale, MotoGP teams have travelled to Jerez for a two-day test and the last official track action of 2021.

Takaaki Nakagami was fastest for Honda on day one, as he and LCR team-mate Alex Marquez tried out different versions of the 2022 RCV prototype, alongside their existing machines.

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez is absent as he continues treatment for double-vision problems, but team-mate Pol Espargaro is back on track after withdrawing from Valencia due to a huge Saturday highside. Espargaro rode his 2021 bike on day one but is also trying the prototype, first seen at the previous Misano test, today.

The end of the Covid technical freeze means Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki and Honda can upgrade their engine designs for the first time since the the start of 2020.

KTM’s engine was frozen at the start of 2021, when it left Concessions, while Aprilia has been free to develop this year.

The test marks the debut of the new VR46 Ducati team, plus the heavily revised RNF Yamaha (formerly SRT) and Gresini Ducati (formerly partnered with Aprilia) squads. VR46 and Gresini have GP21s (but Luca Marini will then get a GP22 next year), with Andrea Dovizioso is using a 2022 Yamaha and rookie RNF team-mate Darryn Binder (jumping straight from Moto3) the 2021 spec.

All five of next year’s rookies are in action, reigning Moto2 champion Remy Gardner and Tech3 team-mate Raul Fernandez making their second appearances on the RC16 after some laps at the Misano test, while Binder (RNF), Fabio di Giannantonio (Gresini) and Marco Bezzecchi (VR46) are getting their first taste of MotoGP.

Fernandez was fastest of the rookies on day one, in 19th place.

Testing began at 10am and concludes at 6pm. Nakagami picked up where he left off by leading the first hour, before title runner-up Francesco Bagnaia and Ducati took over at the top by a massive 0.8s. The Italian has remained fastest ever since, but with Maverick Vinales and then world champion Fabio Quartararo taking over second place by 4pm…

2021 Jerez MotoGP Test – Friday (4pm)
Pos   Rider Nat Team Time Lap
1 = Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP) 1m 36.872s 12/36
2 ^1 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.716s 56/58
3 ^13 Maverick Vinales SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP) +0.787s 47/54
4 ˅2 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) +0.800s 4/35
5 ^8 Alex Marquez SPA LCR Honda (RC213V) +0.888s 56/56
6 ˅2 Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +1.035s 4/54
7 ˅2 Pol Espargaro SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +1.083s 4/41
8 ˅2 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +1.122s 6/47
9 ˅2 Enea Bastianini ITA Gresini Ducati (GP) +1.139s 4/16
10 ˅2 Luca Marini ITA VR46 Ducati (GP) +1.153s 11/46
11 ˅2 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16) +1.196s 16/38
12 ˅2 Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM (RC16) +1.213s 6/41
13 ˅2  Franco Morbidelli ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +1.228s 5/30
14 ^1 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP) +1.277s 47/50
15 ˅3 Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati (GP) +1.288s 20/65
16 ^1 Jack Miller AUS Ducati Lenovo (GP) +1.523s 33/33
17 ˅3 Jorge Martin SPA Pramac Ducati (GP) +1.563s 11/34
18 = Andrea Dovizioso ITA WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1) +1.838s 28/47
19 ^3 Dani Pedrosa SPA KTM Test Rider (RC16) +2.313s 45/52
20 = Raul Fernandez SPA KTM Tech3 (RC16)* +2.331s 41/42
21 ˅2 Remy Gardner AUS KTM Tech3 (RC16)* +2.391s 40/50
22 ^3 Lorenzo Savadori ITA Aprilia Test Rider (RS-GP) +2.443s 32/42
23 = Fabio di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Ducati (GP)* +2.586s 30/31
24 ˅3 Sylvain Guintoli FRA Suzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR) +2.628s 5/36
25 ˅1 Marco Bezzecchi ITA VR46 Ducati (GP)* +3.066s 43/49
26 = Darryn Binder RSA WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)* +3.878s 22/36

* Rookie

^X Rider is X positions higher than previous hour.
= Rider is same position as previous hour.
˅X Rider is X positions lower than previous hour.

Fastest Day 1 Time:
Best lap:
Takaaki Nakagami JPN Honda 1m 37.313s

Official Jerez MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Maverick Vinales SPA Yamaha 1m 36.584s (2020)
Fastest race lap:
Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 1m 37.770s (2021)

By Peter McLaren

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