Valencia MotoGP: Marquez heads Lorenzo in final warm-up, Rossi fourth

Honda rider Marc Marquez headed the timesheets in the final warm-up session of the 2015 MotoGP season at Valencia, going three tenths clear of the rest of the field.

Championship contenders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi ended the last pre-race session in second and fourth respectively, split by the Tech 3 Yamaha of Pol Espargaro.

Marquez headed the session virtually from the very beginning and, while Lorenzo seemed to largely match his pace in the mid-1m31s, it was the Honda rider who led at the halfway point.

Despite getting very close on two subsequent attempts, Lorenzo could not surpass Marquez's earlier benchmark - and the reigning champion subsequently put in a 1m31.062s at the chequered flag to put his place at the top beyond doubt.

Rossi, meanwhile, ran several laps in the high-1m31s in the first stint, which took him to third - but he was then demoted by Dani Pedrosa, who ran four consecutive high-1m31s laps late on.

Rossi responded with his session-best time of 1m31.618s, but would have to settle for fourth in the end, as Espargaro moved 0.021s past in the dying seconds.

With Pedrosa fifth, Cal Crutchlow was sixth for LCR Honda, while Andrea Iannone was the top Ducati in seventh.

Iannone's teammate Andrea Dovizioso was 10th, the Ducati duo split by Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Yamaha) and Aleix Espargaro (Suzuki).

Warm-up results:

PosRiderTeamBikeTime
1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 1:31.062
2 Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 1:31.383
3 Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1 1:31.597
4 Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 1:31.618
5 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 1:31.713
6 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda RC213V 1:31.788
7 Andrea Iannone Ducati Team Ducati Desmosedici GP15 1:31.854
8 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1 1:31.992
9 Aleix Espargaro Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 1:32.221
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati Desmosedici GP15 1:32.317
11 Maverick Viñales Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 1:32.327
12 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP14 1:32.548
13 Michele Pirro Ducati Team Ducati Desmosedici GP15 1:32.605
14 Scott Redding Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V 1:32.624
15 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia RS-GP 1:32.757
16 Mike di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP14 1:32.914
17 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP14 1:32.956
18 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP14 1:32.998
19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia RS-GP 1:33.177
20 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1:33.227
21 Nicky Hayden Aspar MotoGP Team Honda RC213V-RS 1:33.240
22 Jack Miller LCR Honda Honda 1:33.313
23 Eugene Laverty Aspar MotoGP Team Honda RC213V-RS 1:33.502
24 Toni Elias Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1:33.521
25 Anthony West AB Motoracing Honda RC213V-RS 1:34.047
26  Broc Parkes E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART 1:34.750

 

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Series MotoGP
Event Valencia GP
Track Valencia Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo , Marc Marquez , Pol Espargaro
Teams Yamaha Factory Racing , Tech 3 , Repsol Honda Team
Article type Practice report