Marquez fastest in Valencia post-season test
Marc Marquez has set the fastest lap as MotoGP’s post-season test at Valencia drew to a close.
Marquez and his Repsol Honda team-mate went one-two on Day 2, with Tech 3 Yamaha’s Johan Zarco third-fastest and Jack Miller eighth on his second day on a Pramac Ducati.
The now four-time MotoGP world champion Marquez took over top spot around the 90-minute mark as he set a time 0.1s slower than Maverick Viñales’ Day 1 benchmark.
He went on to set the fastest lap of the test altogether in the final hour before marginally improving on the next lap in clocking a 1:30.033s.
The effort put him a full four tenths ahead of Pedrosa, who also set his best lap in the latter stages of a day in which the factory Honda riders spent time on the 2017 and 2018 bike.
Tech 3 privateer Johann Zarco, who continued to trial the 2017 Yamaha chassis, was the quickest representative of the Japanese marque, finishing 0.003s behind Pedrosa despite a Turn 4 off midway through the seven-hour session.
Jorge Lorenzo made up the top four for Ducati, with his factory team-mate and 2017 runner-up Andrea Dovizioso ending his Wednesday program early and winding up only 15th.
Viñales spent much of the day trialling Yamaha’s new aero fairing, before returning to the standard version and moving up to fifth in the running order.
His team-mate Valentino Rossi placed seventh with the 2016-spec chassis.
Cal Crutchlow finished between the Movistar Yamaha pair as he logged a day-high 72 laps for LCR Honda.
Miller was first out on track in the morning and crashed on his third lap, lamenting a lack of heat in the tyre.
Having shunted his only bike, he was sidelined for three hours as a result, before returning to the track and eventually ending up eighth.
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Suzuki’s two riders had sat out Tuesday due to a virus, but ran sizeable programs on the second day of the test.
Andrea Iannone wound up ninth in the order, having suffered a crash at Turn 2, while Alex Rins placed 14th.
Rounding out the top 10 was Gresini Aprilia’s fastest man, Aleix Espargaro.
The Red Bull KTMs were next, with Pol Epsargaro 11th despite a crash and a mechanical failure, and Bradley Smith 12th.
Marc VDS Honda’s Franco Morbidelli was again the lead rookie in 16th, 0.081s ahead of fellow Moto2 graduate Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda).
Both were among the crashers on the day, with Tito Rabat and Scott Redding, newcomers at Avintia Ducati and Gresini Aprilia respectively, also falling off their bikes.
Aspar Ducati riders Karel Abraham and Alvaro Bautista both sat out the day as a consequence of their respective crashes on Tuesday.
Some teams will move on to Jerez for further testing, with the next official test at Sepang on January 28-30.
Results: Valencia Post-Season Test: Day 2
|1||93||Marc MARQUEZ||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1’30.033||61|
|2||26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1’30.436||51|
|3||5||Johann ZARCO||FRA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1’30.439||65|
|4||99||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Ducati Team||Ducati||1’30.534||39|
|5||25||Maverick VIÑALES||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1’30.640||66|
|6||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||LCR Honda CASTROL||Honda||1’30.654||72|
|7||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1’30.724||62|
|8||43||Jack MILLER||AUS||OCTO Pramac Racing||Ducati||1’30.860||45|
|9||29||Andrea IANNONE||ITA||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1’30.877||47|
|10||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1’30.889||44|
|11||44||Pol ESPARGARO||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1’31.100||46|
|12||38||Bradley SMITH||GBR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1’31.202||39|
|13||53||Tito RABAT||SPA||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||1’31.386||64|
|14||42||Alex RINS||SPA||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1’31.516||38|
|15||04||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||1’31.758||22|
|16||21||Franco MORBIDELLI||ITA||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||1’31.786||58|
|17||30||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||JPN||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||Honda||1’31.867||62|
|18||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ITA||OCTO Pramac Racing||Ducati||1’31.874||36|
|19||45||Scott REDDING||GBR||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1’32.358||56|
|20||10||Xavier SIMEON||BEL||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||1’32.698||61|
|21||72||Takumi TAKAHASHI||JPN||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||1’33.870||70|
|17||Karel ABRAHAM||CZE||Pull&Bear Aspar Team||Ducati||No time|
|19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||Pull&Bear Aspar Team||Ducati||No time|