A productive opening day at the final round of the year has both Repsol Honda Team riders feeling confident of ending the 2019 season on a high.

After the emotional retirement announcement of Jorge Lorenzo on Thursday, the Repsol Honda Team were straight back to work at the Valencia GP. It was a classic Valencia day with cold conditions in the morning before improving in the afternoon. Motivation inside the garage remains high after a long season as the Repsol Honda Team aim to defend their Triple Crown.

Reigning World Champion Marc Marquez was the first to take advantage of the afternoon’s improved conditions after a steady morning of work. Setting a 1’30.974 early in the session, Marquez finished the day as the third fastest rider after two productive sessions. Able to consistently lap in the mid to low 1’31s, the eight-time World Champion showed formidable consistency and overall pace. Opting not to fit a new tyre, Marquez still has speed to unleash in Qualifying.

Enjoying a positive start to his final weekend as a professional motorcycle racer, Jorge Lorenzo managed to find a second between Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2. Ending the day in 16th with a 1’31.880 had Lorenzo just 1.1 seconds behind first as the top 19 riders in the MotoGP class were split by just over 1.5 seconds. Tomorrow offers Lorenzo a chance to challenge for the top ten and a potential spot in Q2.

The MotoGP class will be back out on track at 09:55 Local Time as the paddock returns to the familiar European schedule after four races away. Qualifying on Saturday is set to begin at 14:10 after Free Practice 4.

Marc Marquez

3rd 1'30.974

"I’m happy with today as we were able to accomplish a lot. Today the times were really close, which can happen at a small and tight circuit like Valencia. Our work today was about the race, finding our pace and understanding the tyres more – a typical start to our weekend. Tomorrow we will have a chance to do the time attack and focus more on Qualifying. We also worked on a couple of other things outside of this to be a little be more ready for the future. A busy day!"

Jorge Lorenzo

16th 1'31.880

"After yesterday I had to try and just focus on today, to get into a normal mindset for the race weekend. I was able to do this and we had quite an OK day today, we were closer to the top than in previous races even if our position is not a lot better. We were only 1.1 second from Quartararo at the end. Tomorrow our goal is the top 15 but maybe we can push for Q2 if we make some more improvements. There’s still some work to do on our overall pace, but I think we can keep gaining."

MotoGP 2019
Practice Round 19   Valencia

Valencia GP Combined Free Practice Classification

Dry
Humidity
36%
Track Temp
21°C
Air Temp
17°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'30.735
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.148
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.239
4 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.265
5 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.464
6 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.495
7 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.545
8 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.570
9 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.616
10 Zarco Johann 5 FRA LCR Honda Honda 0.634
11 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.698
12 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.720
13 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1.030
14 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.040
15 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.133
16 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.145
17 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.170
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.424
19 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.543
20 Kallio Mika 82 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.732
21 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.833
22 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 2.152
23 Lecouna Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 2.379
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 31.116s (158.2km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)
Race Time 45m 54.228s (157 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
2019 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)