Marquez ends Valencia test on top as crashes continue

Marc Marquez completed the second and final day of the post-season MotoGP test at Valencia fastest, as more riders suffered crashes trying to accustom themselves to the 2016 Michelin tyres.

Having ended Tuesday's session quickest, Marquez first hit the top of the timesheets early in the second hour with a 1m32.126s aboard next year's Honda RC213V, but was soon demoted down the order first by LCR rider Cal Crutchlow and then the sister Repsol machine of Dani Pedrosa.

Suzuki's Maverick Vinales and newly-crowned champion Jorge Lorenzo broke the Honda monopoly, the factory Yamaha man being the first rider to dip beneath Marquez's Tuesday benchmark with a 1m31.527s.

Pedrosa then returned to the fore as the seven-hour session hit the halfway mark, lowering the bar to a 1m31.180s, a time that was beaten by a slender 0.017s by Vinales at the tail end of the fifth hour.

Shortly after that however, Marquez seized back the top spot with the quickest time of the test, a 1m31.060s, which would remain unbeaten for the remainder, putting the two-time champion on top from Vinales and Pedrosa.

Aleix Espargaro made it two Suzukis in the top four ahead of Lorenzo, who finished just over two tenths shy of Marquez and two places ahead of Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi in seventh.

A last-minute effort from Crutchlow moved him ahead of the seven-time champion by just 0.004s into sixth, with Pol Espargaro (Tech 3 Yamaha) and Andrea Iannone (Ducati) setting identical times just behind Rossi.

The second satellite Yamaha of Bradley Smith grabbed the final top 10 spot in the dying stages, pushing out Pramac Ducati's Danilo Petrucci.

Having already crashed once during Tuesday's session, Marquez was once again the highest-profile casualty of the new Michelin tyres, suffering a low-side fall at Turn 8 shortly before setting his quickest time of the day.

Joining Marquez on a long list of fallers throughout the day included Vinales, Crutchlow, Pol Espargaro, Iannone, Loris Baz (Avintia Ducati), Jack Miller (Marc VDS Honda), Eugene Laverty (Aspar Ducati) and both Aprilia riders Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl.

Although teams are permitted to continue private testing until the end of this month, the next official test session will not take place until the start of February at Sepang.

Testing times:

Pos Rider Bike Time Gap Laps
 Marc Marquez Honda 1'31.060   42
 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1'31.163 0.103 57
 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'31.180 0.120 60
 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'31.212 0.152 55
 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'31.282 0.222 48
 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'31.494 0.434 58
 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'31.498 0.438 65
 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'31.619 0.559 51
 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'31.619 0.559 60
10   Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'31.694 0.634 71
11   Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'31.717 0.657 62
12   Loris Baz Ducati 1'31.796 0.736 49
13   Scott Redding Ducati 1'31.901 0.841 54
14   Hector Barbera Ducati 1'31.937 0.877 62
15   Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'31.967 0.907 62
16   Jack Miller Honda 1'32.100 1.040 49
17   Eugene Laverty Ducati 1'32.377 1.317 51
18   Esteve Rabat Honda 1'32.402 1.342 56
19   Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1'32.492 1.432 59
20   Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'32.510 1.450 48
21   Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'32.847 1.787 52
22   Michele Pirro Ducati 1'33.568 2.508 6
23  Takuya Tsuda Suzuki 1'33.797 2.737 32
24   Mike Di Meglio Aprilia 1'34.372 3.312 21
25   Nobuatsu Aoki Suzuki 1'37.031 5.971 13
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Series MotoGP
Event Valencia November testing
Track Valencia Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Drivers Marc Marquez
Teams Repsol Honda Team
Article type Testing report