Vinales fastest again as Valencia testing concludes

Yamaha's Maverick Vinales continued to set the pace in the second and final MotoGP testing day at Valencia, which was red-flagged for an hour in the morning.

While most of the session was led by Marc Marquez, Vinales took over at the top for the final two hours before conditions became too cold for any further improvements.

Similarly to yesterday, Jorge Lorenzo was first to enter the track, but Marquez soon went faster, beating Vinales' Tuesday time with his first effort.

He completed his stint with a 1m30.629s, a lap that remained on top of the timesheets for a while, mainly because of the red flags that soon neutralised the action.

Minutes after a crash from Suzuki rookie Alex Rins at Turn 12, his teammate Andrea Iannone also fell at the exact same corner and damaged the barrier, which needed fixing.

Rins was carried away on a stretcher to the trackside medical centre for precautionary checks and was diagnosed with two compressed vertebrae.

The session was restarted with five hours remaining, with Marquez staying ahead even though the Spaniard's progress was temporarily delayed by a fall.

Fellow Honda riders Jack Miller and Dani Pedrosa both closed the gap to the reigning champion, but it was Andrea Dovizioso on the Ducati that eventually took first.

Vinales, who spent the day riding the 2016-spec Yamaha, took over at the top of the times with two hours remaining, becoming the first rider to go under the 1m30s barrier and lead by half a second.

Marquez improved on his personal best time twice soon afterwards and lowered the difference to Vinales to two tenths, but he had to settle for second.

Dovizioso was nearly half a second off the pace with the Ducati Desmosedici GP17 in third, with Iannone bringing a fourth different bike into the top four aboard the Suzuki.

Honda duo Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow took fifth and sixth respectively, the Briton setting an identical fastest time to Valentino Rossi, who was more than seven tenths slower than his new teammate Vinales.

Jorge Lorenzo, who switched from the GP16 to GP17 today, was eighth ahead of Aleix Espargaro, the Aprilia rider completing a promising day in which he at one point had been as high as third.

Tech 3 Yamaha's rookie duo Jonas Folger and Johann Zarco ended up 10th and 11th respectively, separated by less than a tenth.

Alongside the Suzuki duo and Marquez, Jack Miller lost control of his bike at Turn 1 while Alvaro Bautista, Bradley Smith and Scott Redding both had offs.

Smith completed the day in 20th, while his KTM teammate Pol Espargaro was 17th.

Aprilia's Sam Lowes, meanwhile, decided to sit out the day as his neck was not fully fit following his crash at the end of Tuesday's running.

Day 2 results

Pos. # Rider Bike Time Gap Laps
1 25 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1:29.975   66
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:30.171 0.196 58
3 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1:30.443 0.468 33
4 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1:30.599 0.624 47
5 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1:30.686 0.711 38
6 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1:30.709 0.734 45
7 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:30.709 0.734 45
8 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1:30.744 0.769 41
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:30.885 0.910 45
10 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha 1:30.948 0.973 62
11 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha 1:31.015 1.040 55
12 43 Jack Miller Honda 1:31.069 1.094 40
13 45 Scott Redding Ducati 1:31.118 1.143 42
14 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1:31.186 1.211 69
15 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1:31.244 1.269 39
16 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1:31.816 1.841 37
17 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1:31.853 1.878 33
18 53 Tito Rabat Honda 1:31.918 1.943 36
19 76 Loris Baz Ducati 1:32.161 2.186 36
20 38 Bradley Smith KTM 1:32.538 2.563 34
21 50 Eugene Laverty Aprilia 1:32.568 2.593 38
22 17 Karel Abraham Ducati 1:32.699 2.724 31
23 12 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki 1:33.305 3.330 68
24 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:33.761 3.786 4

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Series MotoGP
Event Valencia November testing
Sub-event Wednesday
Track Valencia Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Drivers Maverick Viñales
Teams Team Suzuki MotoGP
Article type Testing report