2015 Valencia Post-Race Test Times 12 Noon: Marquez Fastest As 2016 Begins

Testing is underway for the 2016 of MotoGP, the bikes rolling out on Michelin tires with official timing for the first time. Lap times are quick, Marc Marquez already lapping around the race record, the performance of the Michelins up to par. But there are still issues: Marquez crashed at Turn 3, losing the front at a corner where crashes are extremely rare on just his fourth lap out of the pits. Cal Crutchlow has also crashed, going down at Turn 5, again losing the front.

The bikes out are a fair mixture, with Suzuki and Ducati sticking to their own electronics for the first day, while the other manufacturers have switched to the 2016 spec software. All of the riders have already gone out, Valentino Rossi being the late arrival, as is his custom at a test. Rossi is in his garage, and due to go out soon.

Times:

No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 1:31.551    
26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:31.731 0.180 0.180
35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:31.911 0.360 0.180
44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 1:31.937 0.386 0.026
29 Andrea Iannone Ducati GP15 1:32.208 0.657 0.271
41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 1:32.263 0.712 0.055
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP15 1:32.318 0.767 0.055
25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 1:32.344 0.793 0.026
38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 1:32.422 0.871 0.078
43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:32.850 1.299 0.428
6 Stefan Bradl Aprilia RS-GP 1:32.862 1.311 0.012
45 Scott Redding Ducati GP15 1:33.021 1.470 0.159
9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP15 1:33.068 1.517 0.047
19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia RS-GP 1:33.157 1.606 0.089
99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:33.389 1.838 0.232
53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:33.406 1.855 0.017
50 Eugene Laverty Ducati GP14.2 1:33.642 2.091 0.236
68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14.2 1:33.685 2.134 0.043
76 Loris Baz Ducati GP14.2 1:34.494 2.943 0.809
22 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 1:35.779 4.228 1.285
12 Nobu Aoki Suzuki GSX-RR 1:36.338 4.787 0.559
 

 

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Comments

Still showing #93 on top but with a time of 1.32.077 David. But your times above are a great help, thanks.

Any ideas on what Michelin have brought in terms of compounds?

So for now it looks like it is true that Dani riding style makes him fast on Michelins without forcing the front tire (as MM and CC are doing just that, to much pressure on front tire).

Thank you for regular reports David.