Dani Pedrosa made a strong start to the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, a track where he’s the most successful rider, with six wins across all classes.

Dani was tenth in the first free practice session but made the best of much warmer temperatures in FP2, lapping in the 1’31s on 10 occasions and setting the second fastest lap time, just 0.122 off the top.

Marc Marquez ended both FP1 and FP2 in fifth place, despite suffering a small crash in turn 2 at the end of the day.

The Championship leader showed a fast pace using just one set of tires in each session, his focus set on being prepared for Sunday’s race.

Dani Pedrosa

2nd 1'30.762

“I’m happy enough with how today went. In the afternoon, when the track was a little warmer and there was more grip than in the morning, I felt more comfortable on the bike. If it remains dry through the weekend, as it seems it will, the track will continue to improve and the grip will also get better, so we must remain focused and continue in this direction. Today we worked well to understand the tires, our pace and bike setup, but tomorrow will be another important day of practice and opportunity to continue the progress. Sunday’s race is in the afternoon, but we want to improve also in cooler conditions.”

Marc Marquez

5th 1'31.243

“I felt really good today, we just tried to work hard for the race, riding with used tires to find the best setting and the best compromise. We tried two different setups, one similar to what we used last year and one more based on what we’ve been using recently. Tomorrow we’ll adjust the final details and we’ll go for a time attack, but I’m happy with the general feeling. Our pace this morning, on a medium rear tire, was good and in the afternoon I felt well on a soft rear, despite a small crash during my last lap when I was pushing a little bit more. It was important to start the weekend well, and I feel good on the bike, so we’ll try to keep this momentum going until Sunday.”

MotoGP 2017
Practice Round 18   Valencia

Free Practice Results

Sunny
Humidity
31%
Track Temp
24°C
Air Temp
20°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'30.640
2 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.122
3 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.309
4 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.414
5 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.603
6 Miller Jack 43 AUS Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 0.717
7 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.743
8 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 0.773
9 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.848
10 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.975
11 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.984
12 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.058
13 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.093
14 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1.218
15 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.236
16 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.286
17 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.318
18 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.326
19 Kallio Mika 36 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.326
20 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1.436
21 Baz Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.511
22 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1.552
23 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.817
24 Lowes Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.947
25 Van Der Mark Michael 60 NDL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2.461
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)