Marquez leads crash-filled first day of Valencia test

Marc Marquez set the pace on the first day of official 2016 testing at Valencia, as a number of riders crashed trying to get to grips with next year's Michelin rubber.

Marquez was the first rider of all to crash, losing the front-end of his Honda RC213V towards the end of the first hour on only his fourth tour of the Ricardo Tormo circuit at Turn 3.

On his previous lap, Marquez hit the top of the timesheets on a 1m32.077s, which was bettered by fellow Honda riders Cal Crutchlow and Dani Pedrosa in the second hour.

Marquez then improved to a 1m31.551s in the third hour, which would remain the benchmark for the remainder of the session as the Spaniard then began to circulate using the 2016-spec Honda machine.

During the fourth hour, Ducati rider Andrea Iannone jumped up to second place, just 0.088s shy of Marquez, but crashed at Turn 3 with just 20 minutes of the seven-hour session remaining.

Pedrosa finished third, 0.180s off the pace of his Repsol Honda teammate Marquez, ahead of an impressive Maverick Vinales aboard the Suzuki.

Newly crowned champion Jorge Lorenzo was the best of the Yamaha contingent in fifth place, just over three tenths off Marquez's pace.

Crutchlow ended the day in sixth for the LCR squad, ahead of Tech 3 Yamaha duo Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith, Aleix Espargaro's Suzuki and Andrea Dovizioso's Ducati.

Valentino Rossi ended up 12th fastest, setting a best time of 1m32.401s in the final hour to move within a second of Marquez's pace aboard the 2016 Yamaha M1.

A number of riders had their first runs with their teams for next season, including Scott Redding (Pramac Ducati, 11th), Jack Miller (Marc VDS Honda, 15th), Loris Baz (Avintia Ducati, 18th) and Yonny Hernandez (Aspar Ducati, 19th).

Esteve Rabat meanwhile made his second MotoGP test appearance for Marc VDS Honda, following on from his earlier outing at Aragon in September.

The former Moto2 champion was another rider to suffer a crash during the session, joining a long list that also included Crutchlow, Vinales, both Espargaro brothers, Aprilia riders Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl and Aspar Ducati's Eugene Laverty.

Testing times:

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

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Series MotoGP
Event Valencia November testing
Track Valencia Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Drivers Dani Pedrosa , Marc Marquez , Andrea Iannone
Teams Repsol Honda Team
Article type Testing report