Marc Marquez recorded the second fastest lap time on the opening day of the Valencia GP, final round of the 2016 season, with teammate Dani Pedrosa already 10th fastest despite still having a sore right shoulder and foot and not being at 100% strength following a three-race absence due to injury.

Marc had a good pace throughout the day despite spending the entire FP1 session on the same set of soft tyres. In the afternoon he fit a new set of hard front and hard rear tyres and continued working on his bike’s race setup. Around 10 minutes prior to session’s end, he fit a new set of hard tyres and immediately dipped under the 1’31 barrier, wrapping up the day in P2, just 0.247 seconds from provisional pole-setter Jorge Lorenzo.

Dani was able to slowly get up to a good speed over the course of the day and, after positively ending FP1 in P12, he impressively climbed into the top 10 in the FP2 session, with a best lap time of 1’31.358.

Marc Marquez

2nd

“Today went quite well and I think the overall assessment has to be positive, because it’s important to start well. We focused our work on testing all of the tyres; in the morning we used the soft compound for both the front and rear and did quite a few laps with them. In the afternoon I rode the entire time with the hard front and rear. We did a lot of laps to test the different carcasses of the front tyre, and I think we’ve taken a good step forward. We ended the day happy with the work we had done, and tomorrow we’ll try to continue in the same way, because I think that along with Lorenzo, Rossi and Viñales, we’re all at a very similar level. I’m happy with my pace, but I think tomorrow we can improve it a little more.”

Dani Pedrosa

10th

“Today was a positive day overall, but it was also difficult because I still lack strength and have some pain. I’m also having trouble with my right leg, as was to be expected. Luckily this circuit has mostly left-hand corners, which is quite a relief. Today we haven’t worked so much on the setup of the bike, and we’ve focused on riding and getting a good feeling. This is the first time I’ve put my body under such demand since my injury, and I’m pretty tired, so now I just have to rest with tomorrow in mind. We’ll see how I feel and try to improve, although we have to go step by step.”

MotoGP 2016
Practice Round 18   Valencia

Results Session

Sunny
Humidity
36%
Track Temp
27°C
Air Temp
21°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'30.463
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.247
3 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.312
4 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.537
5 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.603
6 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.723
7 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.726
8 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.794
9 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 0.832
10 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.895
11 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.999
12 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1.270
13 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1.279
14 Miller Jack 43 AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.291
15 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar Team Ducati 1.313
16 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.551
17 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aspar Team Ducati 1.743
18 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Aspar Team Ducati 1.755
19 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.817
20 Baz Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 2.013
21 Rabat Tito 53 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2.183
22 Kallio Mika 36 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 3.111
Location Information

The Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana was completed in 1999 and held rounds of the MotoGP and Spanish Motorcycle Championships in the same year. The Cheste track has several layouts, running anti-clockwise with varying lengths. MotoGP events are held on a 4km track comprising of five right handed corners, eight… read more.

Length 4.005 kilometres / 2.489 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 9
Right corners 5
Longest straight 0.876 kilometres / 0.544 miles
Constructed 1999

Circuito de la Comunidad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.circuitvalencia.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 29.401s (161.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Lap 1m 31.171s (158.1km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Time 45m 54.228s (157 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
2017 Race Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)