2021 Jerez MotoGP Test Thursday Final Times: Nakagami Finishes Fastest, Ducatis Follow

Takaaki Nakagami ended the first day of the Jerez test as fastest, the LCR Honda rider taking back top spot he had lost earlier to Enea Bastianini. Nakagami set his quickest time on the 2022 Honda prototype, before handing it over to the Repsol Honda garage where Pol Espargaro will use it, and the second bike on Alex Marquez' side of the garage, for the test on Friday.

Johann Zarco finished second, the Pramac Ducati rider less than half a tenth behind Nakagami, while Enea Bastianini ended the session third quickest. Pecco Bagnaia made it three Ducatis in the top four, before Maverick Viñales showed his usual winter testing form, ending the day as fifth quickest on the Aprilia RS-GP.

Times at the end of day 1:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:37.313    
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati GP22 1:37.356 0.043 0.043
3 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati GP21 1:37.402 0.089 0.046
4 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP22 1:37.415 0.102 0.013
5 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia RS-GP 1:37.674 0.361 0.259
6 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:37.810 0.497 0.136
7 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 1:37.884 0.571 0.074
8 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP22 1:38.002 0.689 0.118
9 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 1:38.020 0.707 0.018
10 33 Brad Binder KTM RC16 1:38.086 0.773 0.066
11 10 Luca Marini Ducati GP22 1:38.149 0.836 0.063
12 89 Jorge Martin Ducati GP22 1:38.152 0.839 0.003
13 44 Pol Espargaro Honda RC213V 1:38.165 0.852 0.013
14 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 1:38.194 0.881 0.029
15 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:38.207 0.894 0.013
16 73 Alex Márquez Honda RC213V 1:38.288 0.975 0.081
17 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 1:38.312 0.999 0.024
18 4 Andrea Dovizoso Yamaha M1 1:38.598 1.285 0.286
19 25 Raul Fernandez KTM RC16 1:39.083 1.770 0.485
20 82 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:39.276 1.963 0.193
21 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki GSX-RR 1:39.496 2.183 0.220
22 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati GP21 1:39.628 2.315 0.132
23 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RS-GP 1:39.727 2.414 0.099
24 87 Remy Gardner KTM RC16 1:40.170 2.857 0.443
25 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati GP21 1:40.732 3.419 0.562
26 85 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 1:40.936 3.623 0.204
27 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha M1 1:41.749 4.436 0.813
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Interesting! So very exciting to see all of the freshness. Quick praise and appreciation for site family Neil Morrison being a big part of the MotoGP official commentation. Great work as usual, you are always SPOT on. No one out there I agree with more consistently, both what you say and the why beneath.

Glad Pol is here. Badly bruised and in some pain, chest/ribs and wrist. Honda is STILL short handed and without a full fleet of the new bike yet. He only rode the 2021 today. Taka and Alex had two versions of the 2022, they swapped them halfway through. Taka likes it. The 5 Rookie Shootout has begun, even if only testing. As someone here called it Fernandez is already a scalded cat darting up the chart.

I am a bit confused about Pedrosa and Crutchlow. Shouldn't they be in the office working today?

Let's see what we can find out...

Bastiannini was quite fast. The full staff of Red brass was in his garage for debrief when he got off the bike. He and his team aren't "just customers." Sheezus, what a juggernaut their whole program is now! Yes, it still bothers me that the only 2022 Ducati outside of Factory and Pramac goes to Marini. But I will GLADLY make peace with that if we can continue to celebrate the absence of the Saudi regime from our paddock. Congratulations to everyone that we don't have to see them today! May it continue. Best of luck to VR46 in their Plan B funding, looking forward. 

Dovi is on a 2021 bike for now. The 2022 Yamaha is going to have the same frame, new motor. Anyone spot a drag race yet? Tough to tell. Most started out on 2021's to get settled in and a baseline. Then, trying 2nd bikes w new motors. It is hard to tell what is what so far.

Trite as it may be, sorry to see that Gresini and VR46 have mostly black livery. So does RNF Yamaha. Lots on other garages too. The only Black bike is Aprilia! Quit being so damn lazy and unimaginative, will you! You can't see what the bike nor rider are doing on track. They are mumbling. And it is boring. Glad we got Orange a bit ago! Herve's outfit has a huge transformation today. Appreciating the smiling fun huge Petrucci, AND very happy for the new kids. Still in support of Dovi, but the name of the game now is youth. Change has been in the air. 

The new Honda is COMPLETELY different. Much to see. If you pause on this video on the new Honda you get some good views. Mishmash of coverage from today, not a single drag race Yamaha engine footage to be found from my sofa yet. 

BE WORRIED BY THIS: Riders were instantly fast on the all new Honda. And, the one thing Quartararo had to say at the day's end? "I expected better. Nothing different from the Misano test."

One rider can get the Yamaha doing the business, and even for him that can be a struggle when in a crowd battling. We KNOW what the Ducati has just done. Suzuki too has taken a step late season, and has a bit more motor now for 2022 as per the riders. The Honda looks menacing. I am worried about Blue.


Unfortunately this means the Ducatis--and maybe some of the other V4s--will soon approach 250mph down the front straight at Mugello. What does Carmelo do then?