Valencia MotoGP: Marc Marquez fastest in delayed, wet practice one

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez was fastest in the opening practice at Valencia, which was red-flagged early on due to weather conditions

Valencia MotoGP: Marc Marquez fastest in delayed, wet practice one

The session started under soaking wet track conditions, which are forecast for the whole of the final weekend of the campaign.

The red flag came out just seven minutes in, soon after Alex Rins impressively but narrowly avoided a crash the long left-handed penultimate corner and Maverick Vinales ran through a huge puddle at the exit of the final bend.

It took nearly 30 minutes for the rain to ease off and practice to be restarted, and the pace then rapidly improved in the first half of the session.

Marquez dominated the proceedings by improving numerous times and leading by over a second but when he pitted the field quickly caught up and Danilo Petrucci demoted him to second with a 1m40.479s.

But once Marquez returned to the track he set a 1m39.787s in just two laps, a time that was not matched by the rest of the field.

Jack Miller quickly closed the gap to just 0.086 seconds and he looked set to improve further with just two minutes on the clock, only to crash at the Turn 10 right-handed kink.

Marquez then lowered his benchmark by another two hundredths of a second after the chequered flag fell to increase his gap over Miller to 0.106s.

Miller's Pramac Ducati team-mate Petrucci took third, with Petrucci's future factory team-mate Andrea Dovizioso completing the top four.

Dani Pedrosa kicked off his farewell weekend in fifth, followed by Andrea Iannone and Maverick Vinales - the Yamaha rider ending up more than a second off the pace.

Ducati wildcard Michele Pirro was eighth as KTM's Pol Espargaro and Suzuki's Alex Rins completed the top 10.

Valentino Rossi had an off-track moment and was in the end only 12th ahead of fellow Yamaha rider Johann Zarco.

Stefan Bradl, who is replacing the injured Cal Crutchlow at LCR Honda, was 16th, while the recovering Jorge Lorenzo took 19th.

Along with Miller, fellow Ducati privateers Alvaro Bautista and Xavier Simeon also crashed in the dying stages of the practice.

FP1 times

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m39.767s - 18
2 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m39.873s 0.106s 13
3 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m39.907s 0.140s 19
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m40.179s 0.412s 14
5 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m40.467s 0.700s 18
6 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m40.685s 0.918s 19
7 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m40.772s 1.005s 17
8 Michele Pirro Ducati Ducati 1m40.836s 1.069s 17
9 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m40.892s 1.125s 21
10 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m40.965s 1.198s 22
11 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m40.967s 1.200s 15
12 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m41.015s 1.248s 22
13 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m41.146s 1.379s 22
14 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m41.160s 1.393s 19
15 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m41.277s 1.510s 14
16 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda Honda 1m41.479s 1.712s 14
17 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m41.489s 1.722s 17
18 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 1m41.713s 1.946s 21
19 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1m41.782s 2.015s 15
20 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m42.471s 2.704s 22
21 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m42.617s 2.850s 11
22 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 1m42.893s 3.126s 16
23 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 1m43.000s 3.233s 21
24 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m43.804s 4.037s 20
25 Jordi Torres Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m45.001s 5.234s 16


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