Marquez fastest in Valencia post-season test

Marc Marquez

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.

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

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time/Gap Total laps
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

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