Crutchlow reappears second with the Yamaha in Qatar

Bradl was the best in the Shakedown, a day reserved for testers, Aprilia for keeping concessions and rookies Martín, Bastianini and Marini.


You have to be very good, and Cal Crutchlow is, to get on the MotoGP Yamaha again and finish second in the Qatar Shakedown, a single test day reserved for testers, at Aleix Espargaró's Aprilia (he has not ridden ) and Lorenzo Savadori for still keeping concessions at his factory and the rookies Jorge Martín (who already knows what it is to crash with the Ducati, at the exit of Turn 3, without consequences), Enea Bastianini and Luca Marini.

The first of the three scheduled test days in this test in Qatar, the one that replaces the one canceled in February of Sepang, has been led by Stefan Bradl, the Honda tester who will replace Marc Márquez again, as he did last year, if you do not arrive on time for the World Cup start scheduled for March 28.

The German has stopped the clock, on a day with quite a lot of wind and therefore with dirt on the asphalt of the sand that comes from the desert where the Losail circuit is located, in 1: 55.614. That time still leaves him far from the record that Marc has on this track (1: 53.380) and he did it on his 55th lap of the 60 that he has completed. That has given him an advantage of 1,236 over the aforementioned Crutchlow, which on the time list was listed as Yamaha TEST2.

The first fight between the rookies was especially interesting and it was Bastianini who hit his old Moto2 teammates first. The intermediate category champion was fourth to 2.4 from the head, ahead of Marini (eighth to 2.7) and Martín (tenth to 3.2) .

As has become customary in recent times when there is a test, Dani Pedrosa got back on the bike, this time he finished eleventh, 3.4 of the best time.

Tomorrow the track will be much more crowded, because the entire MotoGP grid will be in action and the first signs of what the 2021 season may bring will arrive. It will be once again without Marc Márquez on the track, but with many attractions to witness, like the debut of his new partner with the Honda, a Pol Espagaró who already announced that he would go for it from the first lap of this test.

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