Almost uninterrupted rainfall marked day one of the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana, at times hard enough to force Race Direction to red-flag both FP1 and FP2 due to track conditions.

Marc Marquez set the fastest lap of the day in 1’39.767”, with Dani Pedrosa—newly named as a MotoGP Legend—in fifth place at 1’40.467”. Both lap times were made in the morning.

With weather forecasts also showing a chance of rain for tomorrow, Marc and Dani secured provisional top-10 spots that could put them straight into Q2 if rain actually does disrupt the FP3 proceedings.

Marc Marquez

1st 1'39.767

“Honestly, it was a difficult day because not only were there wet conditions with a lot of water, but also because it was very cold. When there’s so much water on track, it’s a kind of lottery, and the only thing you can do is try not to crash. This situation made things more complicated, but luckily the track here in Valencia has very good drainage and very good grip all things considered, and this allowed us to actually ride today. That said, I felt very good on the bike and was able to feel the limit and be fast, which is very important. It looks like the weather will be a bit better tomorrow, only to worsen again on Sunday, so we need to be ready for whatever condition we may find if we wish to fight for the podium.”

Dani Pedrosa

5th 1'40.467

“It seems it’s going to rain quite a lot this weekend! The track changes when the water increases, and in some points it’s a bit difficult to ride. That was the case this afternoon, so I just did very few laps. On the other hand, when there’s a bit less water, like at a certain point during FP1, you can be much faster. So we must wait and see what conditions we’ll have over the weekend. This will also affect the tyre choice and the rhythm of the race.”

MotoGP 2018
Practice Round 19   Valencia

Combined Free Practice Classification

Rain
Humidity
95%
Track Temp
15°C
Air Temp
17°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'39.767
2 Miller Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'39.873 / 0.106
3 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'39.907 / 0.140
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'40.179 / 0.412
5 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'40.467 / 0.700
6 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'40.685 / 0.918
7 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'40.772 / 1.005
8 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'40.836 / 1.069
9 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'40.892 / 1.125
10 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'40.965 / 1.198
11 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'40.967 / 1.200
12 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'41.015 / 1.248
13 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'41.146 / 1.379
14 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'41.160 / 1.393
15 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'41.277 / 1.510
16 Bradl Stefan 6 GER LCR Honda Honda 1'41.479 / 1.712
17 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'41.489 / 1.722
18 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'41.713 / 1.946
19 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'41.782 / 2.015
20 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1'42.471 / 2.704
21 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'42.617 / 2.850
22 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'42.857/ 3.090
23 Luthi Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'43.000 / 3.233
24 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'43.727 / 3.960
25 Torres Jordi 81 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'45.001 / 5.234
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)
2018 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)