Valencia MotoGP Test Wednesday 12:30 Times: Marquez Leads Lorenzo

The morning chill meant a late start for the MotoGP teams again. Jack Miller was the first to go out, but he was also the first to crash. Marc Marquez is fastest so far this morning, swapping between the 2017 and 2018 bikes, a quarter of a second ahead of Jorge Lorenzo. The Suzuki riders are also back on track, after missing out on the first day due to illness, Andrea Iannone setting the third fastest time at lunchtime.

Times at 12:30pm:

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Valencia MotoGP Test Tuesday Press Releases

Press releases from some of the MotoGP teams after the first day of testing at Valencia:


Movistar Yamaha Find Mojo on First Valencia Test Day

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team successfully completed the first day of the Valencia MotoGP Official Test at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, testing various bike chassis and set-up options. Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi had positive feelings after the progress they made today and set the first and fourth fastest time respectively.

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Valencia MotoGP Test Tuesday Round Up: Chassis + Grip = Confusion

The first day of 2018 raised more questions than answers. Two days after not featuring at all in the race, the Movistar Yamaha riders finished first and fourth. A satellite Ducati – Jack Miller, on his first outing on the bike – was quicker than the factory riders. The only constants were Marc Márquez and Johann Zarco, who finished in exactly the same positions as they did on Sunday.

Confusion reigns at Yamaha, as they search for the cure to the problems which plagued them all through 2017. There were four bikes in Maverick Viñales' garage, three in Valentino Rossi's garage, and two different ones in Johann Zarco's pit box. They were testing all sorts of combinations of machinery: a 2016 bike with 2017 engine, and a full 2017 bike for Maverick Viñales; a 2016 bike with 2017 engine, a full 2017 bike, and a 2017 bike with a 2018 engine for Valentino Rossi; and a 2016 bike and a full 2017 bike for Johann Zarco.

The results? Pretty much identical, no matter what bike the riders were on. Viñales and Rossi were fastest on the 2016 bike, Zarco was fastest on the 2017 bike, and Rossi managed to throw the 2018-engined bike up the road after just two laps. The crash looked huge, but Rossi came away relatively unscathed.

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Valencia MotoGP Test Tuesday Final Times: Viñales Leads Zarco And Marquez

Maverick Viñales has topped the first day of testing at Valencia, just as he did a year ago. The Movistar Yamaha man was two tenths quicker than the Frenchman Johann Zarco on the 2017 Yamaha, and three tenths quicker than newly-crowned 2017 MotoGP champion Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda. 

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Jack Miller Gives His First Impressions On The Pramac Ducati GP17

With a morning of testing the Octo Pramac Ducati GP17 under his belt, Jack Miller spoke to the media to give his first impressions. The Australian was happy, especially given how fast he has been so far: Miller is just two tenths slower around Valencia on the Ducati after 40 laps than his fastest lap on a Honda.

Here is what Miller had to say:

Question: How has it been so far?

Jack Miller: A lot of fun so far. Really enjoying my time with the team, not only on the bike but also with the crew and the staff I have here. It's exciting times for me in my career at the moment, and I'm really looking forward to spending more time and more laps on the bike. I'm just starting to get comfortable with it now. I'm really enjoying riding it, so we will see what this afternoon will bring. But the way that I've adjusted to the bike directly and the way I feel on the bike, I'm really comfortable on it, so it just needs more laps and more time to keep going.

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Valencia MotoGP Test Tuesday 2pm Times - Marquez Leads Espargaro And Dovizioso

Testing is still in full swing at Valencia, though the teams are having a bit of a break for lunch. Marc Marquez is still fastest, though Aleix Espargaro has closed the gap on the Aprilia, just ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. Maverick Viñales is half a second slower.

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Valencia MotoGP Test Tuesday 2pm Times - Marquez Leads Espargaro And Dovizioso

Testing is still in full swing at Valencia, though the teams are having a bit of a break for lunch. Marc Marquez is still fastest, though Aleix Espargaro has closed the gap on the Aprilia, just ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. Maverick Viñales is half a second slower.

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