It was another late start at Valencia, as rain yesterday afternoon and evening meant the track took a long time to dry, testing only getting underway in earnest around 12:30pm. The track has been busy since then, the teams and factories making up for time lost to the rain on Tuesday.
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Maverick Viñales has ended the first day of the Valencia test as the fastest rider, as most of the factories focus on engines. Viñales and Rossi both tried one step of the 2019 engine, and both were satisfied with progress made, Viñales finishing fastest and Rossi third.
Times at 2:15pm:
Results and summary of the MotoGP race in Valencia:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race in Valencia:
Results and summary of the Moto3 race in Valencia:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class in Valencia:
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With the surface of the track bragging with dry stretches of asphalt, premier class riders were testing the mostly metaphorical waters on used rain tyres before fully attacking on slicks. Jack Miller needed no invitation to bravery and went straight to the top of the timesheets on his fresh slick rubber but rivals soon caught up and wanted their share of the limelight. Their wings were quickly clipped by Marc Marquez, who had spent a considerable amount of time in the garage before demolishing the benchmark set by Petrucci a few moments before.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class in Valencia:
Rain evaded the intermediate class action but the drying surface meant that both red sectors and unlucky fallers were the order of the day. Remy Gardner in particular had a bit of both, the Tech 3 rider having a big highside while leading in the first 15 minutes of the session. Despite the misfortune, it took until well past the halfway mark of the session for anyone to threaten his lead. Iker Lecuona was the main threat all along and the threat became reality in the final third of the session, when the Spaniard picked up top spot.
Despite the more optimistic forecast, unfortunately familiar raindrops hit windscreens as soon as premier class riders left pitlane and it got progressively worse for the first couple of laps, until spray on the straight was more impressive than a bride’s veil. Warming up with a little save in wet conditions, Marc Marquez shot to the top of the timesheets and comfortably circulated there on medium rain tyres, while all his rivals seemed to favour the soft rear.