Fresh from their second successive Triple Crown, the Repsol Honda Team were back on track in Valencia today for the first official test of 2015.

After a long season, Marc decided – together with HRC – that he would not test today, and only his teammate Dani Pedrosa took to the track to begin his test programme. He began the half day test aboard his 2014 spec machine and then crossed over onto the 2015 prototype – an updated version from the Brno test earlier in the year. He completed a total of 33 laps with his best time of 1’31.602 (lap 15) placing him 6th for the day.

Instead of testing today, Marc and his brother Alex – who was crowned Moto3 World Champion yesterday – took advantage of the kind gift from HRC to Alex to test ride Marc’s MotoGP machine, in recognition of his World Title success, the first one for Honda in Moto3. The two brothers completed 12 exhibition laps on Marc’s two bikes, riding in tandem around the Valencia track.

The test will continue tomorrow and Wednesday with 2014 World Champion Marc joining the rest of the field in an official capacity tomorrow.

Dani Pedrosa

6th 1'31.602 - laps 33

“On this first day of testing we put in only a few laps, just to try out some basic things. The test begins for real tomorrow, which is when we will try to find a good setup. Today we just verified that the bikes work well and that everything is in its right place.”

Marc Marquez

Exhibition lap only

"It was a wonderful experience riding with Alex and following him around the track! Sometimes it got a bit too much for him to take in, which is normal because it was his first laps on a MotoGP bike. I really enjoyed myself, but also had a bit of trouble going behind him because sometimes he went a little wide. Overall, he did very well. Coming from Moto3 and completing some laps on a MotoGP bike is difficult and he surprised us with how well he adapted. Alex enjoyed this experience; we’ll see if in the future we can repeat it!”

Alex Marquez

Exhibition lap only

"I am very happy to have tried the MotoGP bike. Yesterday I fulfilled a dream that I had, and today I fulfilled another. It’s not every day you can try a bike like this! I want to thank Honda and especially Shuhei Nakamoto for this opportunity that they have given me. It is a great gift after becoming Moto3 World Champion. What impressed me the most was the power that the bike has. The feeling you get when you're on the straight is incredible and braking is amazing too, plus the time between corners is greatly reduced. At first I was a little stiff on the bike, but I think I held up well. It was a lot of fun and I ended up a little tired!”

MotoGP 2015
Testing   Valencia

Testing Report

Sunny
Humidity
34%
Track Temp
19°C
Air Temp
18°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'30.975
2 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'31.118
3 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'31.204
4 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'31.250
5 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'31.465
6 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'31.602
7 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'31.644
8 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'31.847
9 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 1'32.054
10 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing Ducati 1'32.146
11 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'32.190
12 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'32.209
13 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'32.314
14 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'32.315
15 Redding Scott 45 GBR EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'32.998
16 De Angelis Alex 15 RSM E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART 1'33.132
17 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'33.268
18 Abraham Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing Honda 1'33.446
19 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'33.594
20 Baz Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'33.834
21 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar Team Honda 1'34.320
22 Miller Jack 43 AUS LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'34.633
23 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'34.919
24 Hoffmann Alex 66 GER Aprilia Test Team Aprilia 1'35.646
25 Melandri Marco 33 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'35.959
26 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'36.181
27 Marquez Alex 12 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'36.658
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)