Fresh from winning the 2017 Rider, Constructor, and Team titles with Marc Marquez, and the final race of the year with Dani Pedrosa, the Repsol Honda Team was back on track in Valencia today to begin the work for next season.

Marc started his test around 11 o’clock, Dani a little later, and the riders spent the morning balancing their 2017 bikes. In the afternoon they jumped on their prototype 2018 machines, equipped with a new chassis and engine, and continued their testing programme. They did not test the new rear Michelin tyres today.

Marc was quickly on the pace, finishing the day third-fastest with a best time of 1’30.501” after completing 70 laps. Dani managed to do 52 laps with a best time of 1’31.328”, 11th overall on the day.

Testing continues tomorrow, with the second and final day beginning at 10 a.m. local time.

Marc Marquez

3rd 1'30.501

“Today was a typical test day, when you need to work and be patient in the garage because everything is new. The most important thing was to understand the direction to take with the new bike, not to be the fastest rider. Of course in the morning I was fast and constant with my current bike, but then in the afternoon we moved on to the new machine, which obviously has many new things to work on to set it up. Tomorrow we’ll have the chance to collect much more data, as today I was only able to complete three runs on the 2018 bike. It has a different chassis, a different engine and other different details to set up, so now it’s important to try and understand the strong points and those that need to be improved, and then to make the best compromise.”

Dani Pedrosa

11th 1'31.328

“Today we made a few runs on the 2017 bike in the morning to understand the track, which was quite dirty in the beginning, then we focused on the new bike, beginning work on the setup. We used our standard setting, and of course because the chassis and engine are new, all the data have to be adjusted. We have to work a lot on that, which takes time. We didn’t change too many things, because we must proceed step by step. That’s quite normal, and it's also normal that there are currently both positive aspects and others where we need to improve, but in general it was a productive day of testing.”

MotoGP 2018

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'30.189
2 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.200
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.312
4 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.330
5 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.446
6 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.567
7 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.661
8 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.870
9 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.977
10 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1.070
11 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.139
12 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.226
13 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1.484
14 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.532
15 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1.886
16 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 2.256
17 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 2.534
18 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2.573
19 Takahashi Takumi 72 JPN EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 3.380
20 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Esponsorama Racing Ducati 4.053