News 12 Nov 2015

Valencia test concludes with Marquez on top

Front-end crashes the talk of first official Michelin test.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Having spent most of Tuesday at the Comunitat Valenciana – Ricardo Tormo adjusting to the new Michelin tyres and specification changes to next year’s bikes, Wednesday saw a number of riders get a chance to work on their 2016 bikes and set-ups and focus on gathering data for next year.

Every single rider improved their times from Tuesday as they continued to adapt to the new machinery, with Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez setting the quickest time over the two days, a 1m31.060s.

Marquez improved his time by over four-tenths on Wednesday as he continued to test the 2016 Honda RC213V, going under Jorge Lorenzo’s lap record at the track from Q2 in the process, despite crashing twice over the course of the two days.

Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Viñales ended the two days in second, just 0.103s behind the pace of Marquez, after completing 57 laps on the second day. This feat was made even more impressive by the fact that Suzuki announced that they would not be debuting the 2016 GSX-RR with a seamless-shift gearbox until the Sepang test in February.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) was only seventeen-thousandths of a second further back in third as he completed 60 laps on Wednesday, ahead of the second GSX-RR of Aleix Espargaro (+0.152s) in fourth who put in 55 laps.

The 2015 MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo improved by over a half a second from Tuesday to end the day in fifth, just 0.222s behind the pace of Marquez, setting his best time on his penultimate lap from a total of 48 on Wednesday.

LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow (+0.434s) was the leading Satellite rider in sixth, just 0.004s ahead of Lorenzo’s teammate Valentino Rossi (+0.438s), with the Brit crashing on Wednesday as he lost the front at turn one.

The ‘Doctor’ showed that 2016 might be another close fight between the two Yamaha riders as he finished in sixth after improving by almost a second on Wednesday, ending the test just over two-tenths off the pace of Lorenzo.

Pol Espargaro also crashed on Tuesday as he lost the front at turn 12 but recovered to end the test in eighth, with Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) in ninth as the leading Ducati and Bradley Smith (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha) completing the top ten.

The Avintia Racing duo of Loris Baz and Hector Barbera finished in 12th and 14th respectively on their GP14.2’s, with Scott Redding on the Octo Pramac Racing GP15 Ducati sandwiched between them in 13th. All three were quicker than the Factory Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso in 15th, with the Italian completing 62 laps on Wednesday.

Australian Jack Miller, who has switched to the Marc VDS Racing team for 2016, was 16th fastest, just ahead of Irishman Eugene Laverty on the Aspar MotoGP Team Ducati GP14.2 in 17th.

Tito Rabat (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), who is the only new face in the MotoGP field for 2016, finished in 18th on the combined timesheets as he made his debut in the class after making the step up from Moto2. His new teammate Yonny Hernandez ended the test in 20th overall, sandwiched in-between the two Aprilia Racing Team Gresini bikes of Stefan Bradl (19th) and Alvaro Bautista (21st).

Over the course of the two-day test there were a number of front-end crashes for riders as they adjusted to the new demands of the Michelin tyres and spec ECU systems, but no one was injured.

Valencia MotoGP test day two results:
1. Marc Marquez 1m31.060s
2. Maverick Vinales 1m31.163s
3. Dani Pedrosa 1m31.180s
4. Aleix Espargaro 1m31.212s
5. Jorge Lorenzo 1m31.282s
6. Cal Crutchlow 1m31.494s
7. Valentino Rossi 1m31.498s
8. Pol Espargaro 1m31.619s
9. Andrea Iannone 1m31.619s
10. Bradley Smith 1m31.694s
11. Danilo Petrucci 1m31.717s
12. Loris Baz 1m31.796s
13. Scott Redding 1m31.901s
14. Hector Barbera 1m31.937s
15. Andrea Dovizioso 1m31.967s
16. Jack Miller (AUS) 1m32.100s
17. Eugene Laverty 1m32.377s
18. Tito Rabat 1m32.402s
19. Stefan Bradl 1m32.492s
20. Yonny Hernandez 1m32.510s
21. Alvaro Bautista 1m32.847s
22. Michele Pirro 1m33.568s
23. Takuya Tsuda 1m33.797s
24. Mike di Meglio 1m34.372s
25. Nobuatsu Aoki 1m37.031s

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