MotoGP testing: Valentino Rossi on top as Jerez weather clears

Valentino Rossi topped a MotoGP test session for the first time since returning to Yamaha at Jerez on Sunday

MotoGP testing: Valentino Rossi on top as Jerez weather clears

After another very wet morning, rain relented enough for a few hours of dry running on day two of the final winter test.

Rossi took advantage of that break in the weather to set a 1m39.525s and move to the front before the rain returned.

His team-mate Jorge Lorenzo closed to within 0.015 seconds but could not depose the Italian.

It ended up being a very tight all-Yamaha top three, as Tech 3's Cal Crutchlow moved up to third, 0.049s off Rossi.

Top Honda was Dani Pedrosa in fourth, a tenth off the pace. His team-mate Marc Marquez was three places further back.

Ducati produced its best performance of the winter as Andrea Dovizioso went fifth quickest, only eight tenths down on the leader.

Alvaro Bautista was sixth fastest for Gresini Honda despite missing the final hours following a violent crash which left him with two minor fractures to his fingers.

Stefan Bradl, Andrea Iannone and Nicky Hayden completed the top 10, just ahead of CRT pacesetter Hector Barbera.

Pos  Rider             Team/Bike             Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                1m39.525s            46
 2.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                1m39.540s  + 0.015s  34
 3.  Cal Crutchlow     Tech 3 Yamaha         1m39.574s  + 0.049s  44
 4.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda                 1m39.630s  + 0.105s  31
 5.  Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                1m40.322s  + 0.797s  30
 6.  Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda         1m40.686s  + 1.161s  35
 7.  Marc Marquez      Honda                 1m40.714s  + 1.189s  36
 8.  Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda             1m40.783s  + 1.258s  32
 9.  Andrea Iannone    Pramac Ducati         1m41.088s  + 1.563s  15
10.  Nicky Hayden      Ducati                1m41.325s  + 1.800s  35
11.  Hector Barbera    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  1m41.376s  + 1.851s  25
12.  Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha         1m41.398s  + 1.873s  41
13.  Aleix Espargaro   Aspar Aprilia         1m41.444s  + 1.919s  48
14.  Danilo Petrucci   Ioda Suter-BMW        1m41.529s  + 2.004s  32
15.  Michele Pirro     Ducati                1m41.603s  + 2.078s  32
16.  Randy de Puniet   Aspar Aprilia         1m41.686s  + 2.161s  34
17.  Claudio Corti     Forward FTR-Kawasaki  1m41.701s  + 2.176s  26
18.  Ben Spies         Pramac Ducati         1m41.702s  + 2.177s  29
19.  Karel Abraham     Cardion Aprilia       1m41.916s  + 2.391s  35
20.  Yonny Hernandez   PBM Aprilia           1m42.050s  + 2.525s  32
21.  Bryan Staring     Gresini FTR-Honda     1m42.107s  + 2.582s  39
22.  Colin Edwards     Forward FTR-Kawasaki  1m42.154s  + 2.629s  33
23.  Hiroshi Aoyama    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  1m43.959s  + 4.434s  25
24.  Michael Laverty   PBM-Aprilia           1m44.185s  + 4.660s  21
25.  Lukas Pesek       Ioda Suter-BMW        1m44.874s  + 5.349s  33
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