Marc Marquez tops MotoGP Valencia testing after crashing

Marc Marquez set the pace on the first day of MotoGP post-season testing at Valencia despite being one of several riders to crash on the new Michelin tyres

Marc Marquez tops MotoGP Valencia testing after crashing

Marquez fell at Turn 3 inside the first hour of running, on what was just his fourth lap of the day, but he returned to set a 1m31.551s, ending the day fastest.

Ducati's Andrea Iannone was second quickest, 0.088 seconds down, but he had a similar crash to Marquez at the same part of the track in the closing stages.

Marquez's Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa was third ahead of Suzuki rider Maverick Vinales and newly-crowned champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Cal Crutchlow and the Espargaro brothers Pol and Aleix were three more to crash, taking the sixth, seventh and ninth best times respectively with Bradley Smith eighth.

Valentino Rossi, having expressed concerns about the Michelin tyres not suiting the Yamaha, was 12th behind Scott Redding, who was one of a number of riders to test with their 2016 teams.

The Briton joined up with the Pramac Ducati squad, with his predecessor Yonny Hernandez in action for Aspar where he and Eugene Laverty are riding Ducatis after a swap from Honda.

Redding's old team Marc VDS ran its new pairing of Jack Miller and Moto2 graduate Tito Rabat, who took 15th and 16th on the times.

DAY ONE TIMES

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda 1m31.551s - 47
2 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1m31.639s 0.088s 61
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m31.681s 0.130s 49
4 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1m31.720s 0.169s 59
5 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m31.767s 0.216s 41
6 Cal Crutchlow LCR 1m31.911s 0.360s 54
7 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 1m31.937s 0.386s 40
8 Bradley Smith Tech 3 1m31.997s 0.446s 67
9 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1m32.005s 0.454s 47
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m32.073s 0.522s 66
11 Scott Redding Pramac Racing 1m32.214s 0.663s 52
12 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m32.401s 0.850s 57
13 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing 1m32.442s 0.891s 47
14 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing 1m32.468s 0.917s 38
15 Jack Miller Marc VDS 1m32.594s 1.043s 47
16 Tito Rabat Marc VDS 1m32.673s 1.122s 84
17 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini 1m32.721s 1.170s 46
18 Loris Baz Avintia Racing 1m32.943s 1.392s 53
19 Yonny Hernandez Aspar 1m33.046s 1.495s 57
20 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini 1m33.061s 1.510s 66
21 Eugene Laverty Aspar 1m33.253s 1.702s 46
22 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki 1m34.591s 3.040s 55
23 Nobuatsu Aoki Suzuki 1m36.338s 4.787s 24


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