Fresh from completing the 2018 Triple Crown at the season finale in Valencia, the Repsol Honda Team was back on track at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit today with its new line-up, which sees Jorge Lorenzo joining the squad alongside World Champion Marc Marquez.

After five days of almost uninterrupted rain showers, the sun finally made its appearance at Valencia today, but it took the whole morning for the asphalt to dry enough to offer good conditions for proper testing.

Lorenzo took to the track around 1 pm, Marc Marquez a few minutes later, and they continued until the rain again put a stop to the action around 3:30.

Marc was immediately on the pace, finishing the day second-fastest with a best time of 1’31.718” after completing 25 laps. Jorge completed 30 laps, with a best time of 1’32.959”, 18th overall on the day.

Marc Marquez

2nd 1'31.718 (25 laps)

“Unfortunately, we weren’t able to try everything we had planned to, as the track was still half-and-half in the morning and it started raining again later in the afternoon. So we only did 25 laps. Anyway, we tried three different bikes, starting with the current one but moving immediately to two other bikes, each with slightly different specifications. It was a positive test; there’s still a lot of work to do but we’re on the right path and the first feeling is good. Tomorrow we’ll continue with the same plan, trying to understand the bike’s balance because it changed a bit, and we still have to test the other small modifications. Pre-season just started, so we look forward to improving step by step.”

Testing   Valencia

Day 1 Classification

Mixed
Humidity
54%
Track Temp
21°C
Air Temp
18°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'31.416
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'31.718 / 0.302
3 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'31.845 / 0.429
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'31.846 / 0.430
5 Bradl Stefan 6 GER LCR Honda Honda 1'32.015 / 0.599
6 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'32.085 / 0.669
7 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'32.095 / 0.679
8 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'32.100 / 0.684
9 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'32.179 / 0.763
10 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'32.220 / 0.804
11 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'32.396 / 0.980
12 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'32.402 / 0.986
13 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1'32.539 / 1.123
14 Miller Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'32.555 / 1.139
15 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'32.787 / 1.371
16 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'32.834 / 1.418
17 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'32.835 / 1.419
18 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'32.959 / 1.543
19 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'33.291 / 1.875
20 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'33.301 / 1.885
21 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 1'33.709 / 2.293
22 Folger Jonas 94 GER Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 1'33.810 / 2.394
23 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'33.850 / 2.434
24 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1'34.233 / 2.817
25 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1'35.118 / 3.702
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)