Valencia MotoGP: Marquez leads Espargaro in wet warm-up

Valencia MotoGP: Marquez leads Espargaro in wet warm-up
David Gruz
By: David Gruz
Nov 18, 2018, 9:12 AM

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez bounced back from his crash-affected qualifying by dominating a wet warm-up in Valencia, setting the pace by 0.805s.

Marquez first took the lead with a 1m44.042s eight minutes into the session and gradually lowered the benchmark to end up with a 1m40.154s at the top of the timing screens.

For much of the session, his closest challengers were Valentino Rossi and the Pramac duo of Jack Miller and Danilo Petrucci, but Aleix Espargaro jumped up to second as the chequered flag fell.

The Aprilia rider beat Rossi by one and a half tenths with Petrucci and Miller completing the top five.

Ducati factory rider Andrea Dovizioso was over 1.4s slower than Marquez in sixth and could only beat Marc VDS Honda's Franco Morbidelli and KTM's Pol Espargaro by 10 and 17 thousandths of a second respectively.

Espargaro and his teammate Bradley Smith both spent most of the session within the top 10, the Briton ending up right behind his teammate ninth.

Suzuki's Andrea Iannone lost the first half of the session with an early crash at Turn 12 but recovered to 10th.

He led pole-sitter Maverick Vinales, his teammate Alex Rins and Dani Pedrosa, who ended his last warm-up as a Honda factory rider in 13th.

Johann Zarco could only take 16th while Jorge Lorenzo was 21st, 2.620s off the pace.

Warm-up results

Cla # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 93 Spain Marc Marquez  Honda 1'40.154  
2 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro  Aprilia 1'40.959 0.805
3 46 Italy Valentino Rossi  Yamaha 1'41.109 0.955
4 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci  Ducati 1'41.168 1.014
5 43 Australia Jack Miller  Ducati 1'41.183 1.029
6 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati 1'41.573 1.419
7 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli  Honda 1'41.583 1.429
8 44 Spain Pol Espargaro  KTM 1'41.590 1.436
9 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith  KTM 1'41.795 1.641
10 29 Italy Andrea Iannone  Suzuki 1'41.809 1.655
11 25 Spain Maverick Viñales  Yamaha 1'41.871 1.717
12 42 Spain Alex Rins  Suzuki 1'41.884 1.730
13 26 Spain Dani Pedrosa  Honda 1'41.966 1.812
14 51 Italy Michele Pirro  Ducati 1'41.987 1.833
15 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding  Aprilia 1'42.454 2.300
16 5 France Johann Zarco  Yamaha 1'42.458 2.304
17 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami  Honda 1'42.469 2.315
18 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista  Ducati 1'42.490 2.336
19 6 Germany Stefan Bradl  Honda 1'42.574 2.420
20 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin  Yamaha 1'42.726 2.572
21 99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo  Ducati 1'42.774 2.620
22 12 Switzerland Thomas Luthi  Honda 1'42.936 2.782
23 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham  Ducati 1'43.665 3.511
24 81 Spain Jordi Torres  Ducati 1'45.068 4.914
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Series MotoGP
Event Valencia GP
Sub-event Sunday warmup
Drivers Marc Marquez Shop Now
Teams Yamaha Factory Racing
Author David Gruz