We knew that the post-2016 MotoGP testing getting underway at Valencia today would be fascinating. The riders will be back on track tomorrow, but Day 1 was telling.
All of the riders met their new motorcycles for the first time, and with excellent track conditions pounded out numerous laps (more than 70 for a few of them). The result? New Yamaha rider Maverick Viñales was fastest … edging out 2017 teammate Valentino Rossi.
Perhaps even bigger news was Jorge Lorenzo’s debut on the Ducati, which saw him post the third quickest lap of the day. Looks like Lorenzo will not struggle much coming to grips with his new mount, and the very rich young man could even be in the hunt for his fourth MotoGP crown next year. After all, Valentino Rossi said you are “stupid” if you don’t think Lorenzo will be a title factor on the Ducati next year.
Elsewhere on the time-sheets (full results are below), Andrea Iannone appears to be getting on well with his new Suzuki, while new KTM hires Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith (riding 109 laps between them) clearly have work to do on the Austrian machine.
Rookies like Johann Zarco (Yamaha) and Alex Rins (Suzuki) didn’t look too bad given their jump up to the monster horsepower and carbon brakes found on MotoGP weaponry. The quickest rookie was lesser-known Jonas Folger (Yamaha).
Watch for a report on tomorrow’s continued Valencia testing. Here are the results from today:
|Pos||Rider||Team||Fastest lap||Lead. Gap||Prev. Gap||Laps||Last lap|
|1||VIÑALES, Maverick||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1:30.930||55 / 61|
|2||ROSSI, Valentino||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1:30.950||0.020||0.020||11 / 47|
|3||LORENZO, Jorge||Ducati Team||1:31.052||0.122||0.102||53 / 60|
|4||MARQUEZ, Marc||Repsol Honda Team||1:31.102||0.172||0.050||33 / 53|
|5||DOVIZIOSO, Andrea||Ducati Team||1:31.131||0.201||0.029||45 / 54|
|6||CRUTCHLOW, Cal||LCR Honda||1:31.156||0.226||0.025||42 / 69|
|7||IANNONE, Andrea||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||1:31.165||0.235||0.009||29 / 41|
|8||REDDING, Scott||OCTO Pramac Yakhnich||1:31.242||0.312||0.077||64 / 71|
|9||BARBERA, Hector||Avintia Racing||1:31.286||0.356||0.044||25 / 43|
|10||PEDROSA, Dani||Repsol Honda Team||1:31.306||0.376||0.020||32 / 42|
|11||MILLER, Jack||Marc VDS Racing Team||1:31.477||0.547||0.171||31 / 62|
|12||BAUTISTA, Alvaro||Pull & Bear Aspar Team||1:31.674||0.744||0.197||56 / 58|
|13||PIRRO, Michele||OCTO Pramac Yakhnich||1:32.068||1.138||0.394||21 / 47|
|14||ESPARGARO, Aleix||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||1:32.177||1.247||0.109||33 / 61|
|15||BAZ, Loris||Avintia Racing||1:32.315||1.385||0.138||42 / 42|
|16||FOLGER, Jonas||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:32.450||1.520||0.135||51 / 52|
|17||ZARCO, Johann||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:32.462||1.532||0.012||59 / 61|
|18||RABAT, Tito||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||1:32.578||1.648||0.116||27 / 72|
|19||ESPARGARO, Pol||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||1:32.613||1.683||0.035||39 / 57|
|20||SMITH, Bradley||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||1:32.806||1.876||0.193||36 / 52|
|21||RINS, Alex||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||1:32.811||1.881||0.005||69 / 71|
|22||LAVERTY, Eugene||Aprilia Test Team||1:32.935||2.005||0.124||37 / 45|
|23||ABRAHAM, Karel||Pull & Bear Aspar Team||1:33.231||2.301||0.296||49 / 59|
|24||LOWES, Sam||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||1:33.359||2.429||0.128||63 / 63|
|25||TSUDA, Takuya||Suzuki Test Team||1:34.110||3.180||0.751||36 / 41|
|26||BAGNAIA, Francesco||Pull & Bear Aspar Team||1:36.940||6.010||2.830||8 / 9|
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