Cormac Shoots The Qatar 2 Test: Rider Edition Redux

Meet the new boss? Pol Espargaro took to the Repsol Honda like a duck to water

The most visually striking livery, but Danilo Petrucci struggled on the Tech3 KTM at Qatar. As did all the KTMs

Teamwork makes the dream work?

Aleix Espargaro was fast on the Aprilia, both over a single lap and in terms of race pace. Can he dare to dream this year?

The Yamaha 60th anniversary livery rocked by the test riders at Qatar was stunning

"We better get back, because they mostly come at night, mostly..."

Miguel Oliveira looks great on the factory KTM. But Qatar is not a KTM track

The 2021 Yamaha M1 is somewhere between the 2020 and the 2019 bikes. It remains to be seen if it's fast enough

Luca Marini was the slowest of the rookies, but he was only a second off his older brother by the end of the second test. He's a slow burner

Not Cal Crutchlow. The 60th anniversary livery got shared among all of the test riders

Sylvain Guintoli is the rock which Joan Mir's 2020 title was built upon

Stefan Bradl got quicker as the 2020 season went on. He was lightning fast at Qatar

Red flag situations are dealth with by committee, to ensure no traces of oil remain on the track

Second season, big expectations for Alex Marquez. That was reflected in the larger role he played in testing

Pecco Bagnaia showed at Qatar that he had made a big step forward in 2020.

Jack Miller takes Ducati's provisional 2021 aero out for a spin. It worked well.

New team, same old habits

Cal Crutchlow on a proper test bike - carbon fairings, and a hotchpotch of spare bits and parts

Jorge Martin has #89, because Miguel Oliveira had already taken #88. So Martin is Oliveira + 1

Also part of testing. Iker Lecuona picks himself up out of the gravel at Qatar

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Thanks very much for the pix MotoMatters, Cormac & all.

I'm loving the Yamaha retro livery. Easy to recognize, stands out from all the dark & black bikes. White leathers not so much, too hard to keep clean. Hope to see them racing sometime soon.

It has been said that the Suzuki & Yamaha are the best MotoGp bikes for the rookies. The young ones seem to be doing ok on the Ducatis.

"These guys are"..."It won't make any difference"... Not when the Marc comes back. David you are a SF fan, me to!

Less than two weeks to go, bring it on!