The Repsol Honda Team’s long Valencia stint, comprising a very successful final race weekend of the 2017 Championship and two productive days of testing, has finally come to an end.

Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa took advantage of another sunny day to continue their work in preparation for 2018. As was the case yesterday, they started on the current machine before switching over to the new one also.

Both riders carried out setup testing of the engine, chassis and electronics, and were able to accumulate useful information for the development of the bike. They also tried a rear Michelin tyre with a slightly different compound.

Marc completed a total of 61 laps and finished up with the day’s best time at 1’30.033” with Dani turning 51 laps and finishing in second place at 1’30.436”.

This was the final test of the year for the Repsol Honda Team. The next time Marc and Dani will be on track will be in Malaysia at the end of January.

Marc Marquez

1st 1'30.033

“Today we collected a lot of information, and now it will be very important to prepare well for the next time we’ll be on track, which will be the Malaysia test at the end of January. Anyway, today was a good day, very positive. We tried many things and had a good pace, so I’m happy with how it went. We had a few issues to sort out with the new bike, and of course it has some positives and negatives, but that’s completely normal for a test when you put a completely new engine and machine on the track. We also tried a lot of things on our current bike, which worked very well, and we were able to gather a lot of useful data. That said, we’ll need to try everything again at the next test. Valencia is a particular track, a small circuit, and today’s conditions were very good, so we’ll need to re-confirm everything at another circuit.”

Dani Pedrosa

2nd 1'30.436

“Today we started the test by checking the track with my race bike, and then we immediately moved on to the new bike to analyse the setup changes we made yesterday afternoon. We basically tested a different setup with electronics, suspension and geometry, looking to better understand how the new bike behaves. We’re not just considering performance but also trying to understand what the bike does on the tyres and on this track, and discovering what the positive and weak points are. We also tried a new swingarm and a new Michelin rear tyre that has a different compound on one side. So it was a lot of work, with many different things to understand and set up. We made a lot of progress, but of course we’re not there yet with all the settings. All in all it was a very important session, and we collected a lot of info to work with during the break.”

MotoGP 2018
Testing   Valencia

Results Session

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'30.033
2 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'30.436
3 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'30.439
4 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1'30.534
5 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'30.640
6 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'30.654
7 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'30.724
8 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 1'30.860
9 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'30.877
10 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1'30.889
11 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'31.100
12 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'31.202
13 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1'31.386
14 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'31.516
15 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1'31.758
16 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'31.786
17 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1'31.867
18 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'31.874
19 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1'32.358
20 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1'32.698
21 Takahashi Takumi 72 JPN EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'33.870
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


Pole Position 1m 29.401s (161.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Lap 1m 31.116s (158.2km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)
Race Time 45m 54.228s (157 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
2020 Race Winner Race 1: Joan Mir (Suzuki) || Race 2: Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha)