Valencia MotoGP FP Results | Miller sets practice pace as Rossi begins swansong

Jack Miller paces Friday free practice for the Valencia MotoGP finale as Valentino Rossi begins the last race weekend of his sensational career

Jack Miller - Ducati Team

Jack Miller topped Friday free practice for the Valencia MotoGP, the final round of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship, amid inclement weather conditions at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit.

The Aussie, on the podium in Portugal last weekend, moved to the top of the timesheets in the closing stages of FP2 to edge out Pol Espargaro by a mere 0.012secs.

The sole Repsol Honda entry this weekend following the withdrawal of Marc Marquez - whose season has been ended by a troubling - eye injury, Espargaro’s lofty Friday performance came despite a slip off in the closing stages of the session.

With the top three almost 0.4s clear of the pack, newly-confirmed 2021 MotoGP runner-up Pecco Bagnaia completed a strong day for the Ducati factory team in third position.

With the best lap times coming in a dry FP2 after FP1 was hampered by wet conditions, top Suzuki rider Alex Rins was fourth fastest as he looks to end a difficult season on a high this weekend, while Jorge Martin held the early initiative in his tight Rookie of the Year battle with Enea Bastianini by setting the fifth fastest time, while his Italian rival languished in 19th.

Another rider keen to go into the winter on a high, Takaaki Nakagami was sixth best on the LCR Honda, ahead of outgoing World Champion Joan Mir, who was seventh best at the venue of his one and only career victory from 2020.

Brad Binder led the KTM challenge in eighth, while Andrea Dovizioso was an encouragig ninth best, the experienced Italian lifting himself to the summit of the Yamaha contingent, with new champion Fabio Quartararo following in 11th. 

Meanwhile, Valentino Rossi’s emotional MotoGP swansong got off to a modest start as he brought up the rear of the 21 riders on the Petronas SRT Yamaha. The Italian will start the 371st and finale MotoGP race before he hangs up his helmet after 25 years of competing on the world stage.

2021 Valencia MotoGP | Ricardo Tormo | Free Practice Results [FP1+FP2]

2021 Valencia MotoGP | Ricardo Tormo | Free Practice Results [FP1+FP2] | Round 18 / 18
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP211m 30.927
2Pol EspargaroESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 30.939
3Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP211m 30.995
4Alex RinsESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 31.336
5Jorge MartinESPPramac RacingDucati GP211m 31.396
6Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda IdemitsuHonda RC213V1m 31.427
7Joan MirESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 31.513
8Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 31.521
9Andrea DoviziosoITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha YZF-M11m 31.603
10Johann ZarcoFRAPramac RacingDucati GP211m 31.708
11Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 31.820
12Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia RS-GP1m 31.832
13Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 31.852
14Alex MarquezESPLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 32.083
15Danilo PetrucciITATech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 32.098
16Iker LecuonaESPTech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 32.208
17Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 32.214
18Maverick VinalesESPAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprila RS-GP1m 32.219
19Enea BastianiniITAAvintia EsponsoramaDucati GP191m 32.219
20Luca MariniITASky VR46 EsponsoramaDucati GP191m 32.229
21Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha YZF-M11m 32.285