Valencia MotoGP Test Tuesday Times Final: Viñales Ends Test As Quickest

Final times at the end of the Valencia test:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:29.975    
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:30.171 0.196 0.196
3 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:30.443 0.468 0.272
4 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:30.599 0.624 0.156
5 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:30.686 0.711 0.087
6 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:30.709 0.734 0.023
7 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:30.709 0.734 0.000
8 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:30.744 0.769 0.035
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:30.885 0.910 0.141
10 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:30.948 0.973 0.063
11 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:31.015 1.040 0.067
12 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:31.069 1.094 0.054
13 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:31.118 1.143 0.049
14 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:31.186 1.211 0.068
15 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP16 1:31.244 1.269 0.058
16 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP17 1:31.816 1.841 0.572
17 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:31.853 1.878 0.037
18 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:31.918 1.943 0.065
19 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:32.161 2.186 0.243
20 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:32.538 2.563 0.377
21 50 Eugene Laverty Aprilia RS-GP 1:32.568 2.593 0.030
22 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 1:32.699 2.724 0.131
23 12 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 1:33.305 3.330 0.606
24 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:33.761 3.786 0.456
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I expected Vinales to be this fast... but didn't expect Iannone this high on the timesheet, same goes for Aleix Espargaro, both teams haven't even brought their '17 bikes yet....

Some incredible times across the board already.

Vinales looks and is visibly impressive on the Yamaha already. It's like he's been riding it for years. Perfect replacement for Jorge. Valentino is going to have his hands full.

Lorenzo looks good on the Ducati as well, and it's encouraging hearing some of his thoughts on the bike already.

Folger and Zarco have done very in this test. Folger is a bit of an enigma, but I think he could do very well in MotoGP. He's always had speed, but lacked consistency. I think the bigger bikes will suit him well.

Aleix will really push that Aprilla hard, we might see some occasional top 6 Qualifying results next year if they carry on good development.

Such terrible luck for Rins, who already had a disappointing second half of the season, and now a serious injury like this will really hamper his winter preparations. Get well soon lad.

There are so many noteable stories across the grid, it's a credit to the depth of field we have in MotoGP these days. In contrast to F1 where it's the same team and two drivers winning all the time, MotoGP has 4 with the possiblity of 5 or maybe all 6 manufactures potentially challenging for wins or podiums in the next year or two.

A massive credit to Dorna. They took the short term pain with the whole CRT/Open bikes formula. Manufactures came back, we're now back at a more level playing field and the sport is benefitting massively. The good old days of MotoGP is firmly back and looking stronger than ever.


Looking back 2 years ago at Valencia Suzuki posted 1.31.973 for A Esp and 1.33.216 for MV.   Looks like KTM are very much on target to be as competitive as Suzuki

Holy guacamole Zarco and Folger got accustomed to the bike fast.
I remember some big names who were way slower at their second or third test.

I mean, yes, we have to remind ourselves that testing is testing, and that most of us thought Jorge was going to clean sweep the 2016 season, and, well, that didn't happen, but so far so good.

Jorge is looking solid, Iannone is looking fast, Maverick seems to have found his wings, the new rookies fit right in and other known quantities are here as well.

it could be a good season, but who knows so early.
All that I know is that the 2016 season has just finished and I already feel jittery and jonesing for another GP.

By the way, the Suzuki is supposed to be a lot more user friendly, and hopefully that could play into Iannone's hands and make him more consistent.

The older Espargaro's Saturday Q2 lap time on the Suzuki and his Wednesday fast lap on the Aprilia were an identical 130.885!! 

.910 behind P1 would have placed him between Viñales and Dovi on Sunday's grid.

Thats as impressive a debut as Lorenzo on the Duc and Viñales on the Yam, surely?

Maverick made his mark in this test for sure. No wheels-in-line style for him! Very loose and Stoneresque... Crazy Joe didn't get that many laps, but he was faster on his new Suzuki than Lorenzo was on his new Ducati. He will be more of a force early in the season. Aleix made that Aprilia look pretty good! Zarco made steady eddy progress the entire weekend. He strikes me as a very smart fellow. He can be as wildly aggressive as anybody in Moto2, yet he was remarkably methodical in feeling his way into MotoGP. I think his teammate will benefit from that somehow. The Jackass continues to find new speed. Impressive! Marquez probably hasn't scratched the surface yet. Jorge seemed quite comfortable on Ianonne's bike. More than I expected. He was also quite methodical in his approach to it. I still question how it is going to work out for him, but so far it looks good. I hope VR can win a few races next year, but it looks like even one win will be very hard work for him. Vinales and Ianonne seem like they will be more difficult then they have been for the Doctor. I vote six winners in 2017...