Marc Marquez tops test times despite crash

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Wednesday 11th November, 2015 - 11:43am

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Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez recovered from a fall to top the times in the opening day of pre-season testing at Valencia.

The factory Honda rider was among a group of riders to crash at the Spanish circuit as the field adapted to the new-for-2016 Michelin tyres and control electronics package.

Despite falling early in the session, Marquez went on to post a 1:31.551s effort to surge to the top of the timesheets.

Ducati’s Andrea Iannone proved to be the double world champion’s nearest challenger with the Italian 0.088s adrift after logging 61 laps.

He also suffered a crash late in the session at Turn 3 where Marquez fell.

Dani Pedrosa was third fastest just a tenth adrift from Marquez with Maverick Vinales showing encouraging speed in fourth.

Freshly crowned three-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo completed 41 laps setting a personal best, which was good enough for fifth position.

Valentino Rossi struggled to get to grips with the new tyres in 12th position claiming the fresh rubber and new electronics will make a huge impact next season.

“It‘s a big change and it will be interesting, especially the tyre will make a big difference for next year,” said Rossi.

“A lot changed, especially the setting, the weight distribution of the bike and everything. It looks like our competitors are a little ahead, because they‘ve made more kilometres with the Michelin, but it‘s just the first day.

Jack Miller

Jack Miller

“We need to understand how much weight this tyre needs to turn at the maximum. We need some more time.

“I tried the new electronics and that, as I expected, was quite a big step because it’s like going a little bit into the past.

“However, it could be interesting and it’s only the first day, we have a lot to work on.”

Cal Crutchlow and Pol Espargaro both encountered falls on the way to ending the day in sixth and seventh respectively.

Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith, Aleix Espargaro and Andrea Dovizioso completed the top 10.

Meanwhile, Australia’s Jack Miller ended the opening day in 15th position aboard the Marc VDS Honda for the first time.

The Townsville rider was a second shy of the outright pace set by Marquez.

The final day of the test will begin later today.

Result: MotoGP pre-season test day 1, Valencia 

Position Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda 1:31.551s 47
2 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1:31.639s +0.088s 61
3 Daniel Pedrosa Honda 1:31.681s +0.130s 49
4 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1:31.720s +0.169s 59
5 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:31.767s +0.216s 41
6 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1:31.911s +0.360s 54
7 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1:31.937s +0.386s 40
8 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1:31.997s +0.446s 67
9 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1:32.005s +0.454s 47
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1:32.073s +0.522s 66
11 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1:32.214s +0.663s 52
12 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:32.401s +0.850s 57
13 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1:32.442s +0.891s 47
14 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1:32.468s +0.917s 38
15 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda 1:32.594s +1.043s 47
16 Esteve Rabat Marc VDS Honda 1:32.673s +1.122s 84
17 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini 1:32.721s +1.170s 46
18 Loris Baz Avintia Racing 1:32.943s +1.392s 53
19 Yonny Hernandez Aspar 1:33.046s +1.495s 57
20 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini 1:33.061s +1.510s 66
21 Eugene Laverty Aspar 1:33.253s +1.702s 46
22 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki 1:34.591s +3.040s 55
23 Nobuatsu Aoki Suzuki 1:36.338s +4.787s 24