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.
Valencia GP Combined Free Practice Classification
|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|
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|
|Longest straight||0.876 kilometres / 0.544 miles|
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)|
|2019 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|