Pol is already the best Honda in Qatar in just three days

Great times at the start of the second test, with Miller and Quartararo below Márquez's 2019 record and with Pol fifth, well ahead of his teammates.

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Great news for the Repsol Honda box, where they are still awaiting the return of the injured Marc Márquez, although they also have reasons to start getting excited about Pol Espargaró. The one from Granollers stayed on the first outing in Qatar with his new mount 1.2 behind the head, which his brother Aleix occupied last Saturday. In the second, on Sunday, he cut his deficit by half a second to stay 0.7 behind Fabio Quartararo. And today, during the first day of the second test at the Losail circuit, Polyccio took another step forward and stayed 0.716 from the lead, occupied by an incredible Jack Miller at a record pace, but among the best with his fifth place with the same time of the fourth, Johann Zarco, and well ahead of his companions of the golden wing: Takaaki Nakagami 10th (+0.999), Álex Márquez 15th (+1.667) and Stefan Bradl 16th (+1.711) .

This is an impressive evolution, especially considering what it cost the little one of the Márquez last year to adapt to that saddle and how impossible it was for Jorge Lorenzo throughout the 2019 season. Unlike other years, he did not have a test as soon as the previous season ended in Valencia and Jerez, which was usual before the pandemic, so that in these five days scheduled in Qatar he has to find his ideal position on the back of the RC213V , learn the buttons, electronics management, understand the engine and the cycle part, learn to pilot it, seek the limits and make it yours. And all this with the leveling that is currently in the MotoGP grid, because on this day it has flown.

If at the end of the previous test only Quartararo was the only driver capable of overcoming the 1:54 barrier and stopping the clock at 1:53,940, now, to start this second test, up to six drivers have been able to roll in 1:53 and the record of 1: 53.380, held by Marc Márquez since 2019, has already been surpassed. Miller stopped the clock at an impressive 1: 53.183, which gave him 80 thousandths of an advantage over Quartararo, followed by Viñales at 0.327, Zarco and Pol with the same time (1: 53.899), and Aleix. From the seventh place, Joan Mir, they are all already from 1:54. The champion has been followed, until closing the top ten, Rins, Bagnaia, and the aforementioned Nakagami. Further back, Rossi 13º, Álex Márquez 15º, Martín 19º, Lecuona 21º and Pedrosa 23º (he continues on the track as a KTM tester) .

In the falls chapter, Bradl, Aleix, Nakagami and Lecuona have gone to the ground. The hardest blow was taken by Bradl, who had to stop with only 15 laps done, hoping to be in better condition on Thursday. It is a setback for Honda, because the German has three motorcycles in his part of the box and is carrying out a great test work, which includes a new fairing, chassis and swingarm. Luckily for the Golden Wing, on the other side of the box is now a Pol Espargaró who has begun to show that he can be trusted.

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