The final race of 2015 has begun in Valencia today with Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa finishing the first day 2nd and 3rd respectively in the combined times.

This first day was spent with the riders reacquainting themselves with the Ricardo Tormo circuit, working to find the best setup for their bikes. In the afternoon session, ambient temperatures rose from 20ºC to 26º and the track temperature jumped from 18º to 29º with the majority of riders improving with the warmer conditions. It was a closely fought first day with the top twelve riders within a second of each other.

Marc – who led this morning’s FP1 – was one of the top riders who did not improve his morning time of 1’31.250 (lap 17/20) – as he opted not to put on a fresh tyre at the end of FP2 – and he finished 2nd for the day just 0.139 off fastest man Lorenzo. Dani – 3rd fastest in FP1 – was able to improve his time this afternoon with 1’31.377 (lap 19/21), remaining 3rd in the combined times.

Marc Marquez

2nd 1'31.250

"I'm happy because I went out on track and got back to enjoying myself riding; it was important and something I was really looking forward to doing. It's been a positive day because we did a good job with the setup of the bike. In the second session we worked hard with Sunday's race in mind, riding with used tyres and also testing the hardest compound. We are pretty clear about how we can continue to improve tomorrow, because the track temperature increased a lot and if it stays like this, we will have to concentrate on the durability of the tyres."

Dani Pedrosa

3rd 1'31.377

"Even though we finished third for the day, it’s not been a great start to the GP. My first feeling when I went out on track this morning was that we needed a bit more grip with the rear. We spent most of the day working on this issue and we must continue to work on the bike setup tomorrow to solve this small problem and to be faster for qualifying. I’m not sure how the race will play out at the moment, I’m just focusing on improving for tomorrow."

MotoGP 2015
Practice Round 18   Valencia

Results Session

Sunny
Humidity
46%
Track Temp
29°C
Air Temp
26°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'31.111
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'31.250
3 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'31.377
4 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'31.444
5 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'31.475
6 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'31.575
7 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'31.642
8 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'31.674
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'31.678
10 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'31.803
11 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'31.986
12 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'32.044
13 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 1'32.399
14 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing Ducati 1'32.412
15 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'32.508
16 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'32.514
18 Baz Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'32.597
19 Miller Jack 43 AUS LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'32.599
20 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'32.725
21 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'32.797
22 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar Team Honda 1'33.097
23 Redding Scott 45 GBR Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'33.143
24 Elias Toni 24 SPA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'33.411
25 West Anthony 13 AUS AB Motoracing Honda 1'33.837
26 Parkes Broc 23 AUS E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART 1'34.839
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)
2016 Race Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)