Following Sunday's Valentino MotoGP season finale, riders returned to the circuit on Tuesday for the start of an official winter test.

The two-day outing marks the first chance for riders to appear with their 2017 teams.

Tuesday's debuts included triple MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo at Ducati, Maverick Vinales at Yamaha, Andrea Iannone at Suzuki, Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro at KTM, Aleix Espargaro at Aprilia, plus Alvaro Bautista and Karel Abraham at Aspar.

The four rookies stepping up to MotoGP from Moto2 were also on track: Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger at Tech 3 Yamaha, Alex Rins at Suzuki and Sam Lowes at Aprilia. Only Lowes has previously tested for his team.

Former Aspar racer Eugene Laverty made his debut on an Aprilia RS-GP, which he will help develop alongside his 2017 World Superbike commitments. Francesco Bagnaia got to ride an Aspar Ducati as a reward for taking two victories for the team's Moto3 project.

Danilo Petrucci has returned to Italy for family reasons and is being replaced at Pramac by Ducati test rider Michele Pirro.

Vinales took over from new team-mate Rossi at the top of the timesheets in the middle of the afternoon. Vinales used the 2016 Yamaha today, while Rossi also tried the 2017 bike.

Rossi, Pol Espargaro, Cal Crutchlow, Iannone, Tsuda, Lowes and Laverty all walked away from falls.

Reigning champion Marc Marquez was on track with both the 2016 and 2017 versions of the Honda RC213V. The Spaniard led the early stages, before the Yamahas hit the front. As rumoured, the new Honda sounds like it has a 'big bang'-style engine.

Lorenzo made a late push up the timesheets for a close third on the Ducati, having spent all day on the 2016 machine. Team-mate Andrea Dovizioso did however spend time on the GP17.

Testing, which took place from 10am to 5pm, continues on Wednesday...

1. Vi?ales, Maverick SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 30.930s 2. Rossi, Valentino ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 30.950s +0.020s 3. Lorenzo, Jorge SPA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 31.052s +0.122s 4. Marquez, Marc SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 31.102s +0.172s 5. Dovizioso, Andrea ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP16/17) 1m 31.131s +0.201s 6. Crutchlow, Cal GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 31.156s +0.226s 7. Iannone, Andrea ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 31.165s +0.235s 8. Redding, Scott GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15/16) 1m 31.242s +0.312s 9. Barbera, Hector SPA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2/16) 1m 31.286s +0.356s 10. Pedrosa, Dani SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 31.306s +0.376s 11. Miller, Jack AUS Estrella Galica 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 31.477s +0.547s 12. Bautista, Alvaro SPA Aspar Ducati (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 31.674s +0.744s 13. Pirro, Michele ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP16/17) 1m 32.068s +1.138s 14. Espargaro, Aleix SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 32.177s +1.247s 15. Baz, Loris FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 32.315s +1.385s 16. Folger, Jonas GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 32.450s +1.520s 17. Zarco, Johann FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 32.462s +1.532s 18. Rabat, Tito GBR Estrella Galica 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 32.578s +1.648s 19. Espargaro, Pol SPA KTM MotoGP Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 32.613s +1.683s 20. Smith, Bradley GBR KTM MotoGP Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 32.806s +1.876s 21. Rins, Alex SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 32.811s +1.881s 22. Laverty, Eugene IRL Aprilia Test Rider (RS-GP) 1m 32.935s +2.005s 23. Abraham, Karel CZE Aspar Ducati (Desmosedici GP14.2/15) 1m 33.231s +2.301s 24. Lowes, Sam GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 33.359s +2.429s 25. Tsuda, Takuya JPN Suzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR) 1m 34.110s +3.180s 26. Bagnaia, Francesco ITA Aspar Ducati (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 36.940s +6.010s

Blue Name = No Concessions.
7 engine changes for the season. Engines must be identical throughout season within same team (development freeze). 5 days of private testing. Black Name = Concessions.
9 engine changes. No engine development freeze. Unlimited private testing. * Rookie

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Official Valencia MotoGP records: Best lap: Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 29.401s (2016) Fastest race lap: Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 31.171s (2016)

2016 Valencia MotoGP: fastest race laps
1 Lorenzo 1m 31.171s
2 Iannone 1m 31.196s
3 Rossi 1m 31.276s
4 Marquez 1m 31.299s
5 Vi?ales 1m 31.313s
6 Dovizioso 1m 31.317s
7 P. Espargaro 1m 31.744s
8 Pedrosa 1m 31.811s
9 A. Espargaro 1m 31.867s
10 Crutchlow 1m 31.912s
11 Smith 1m 32.050s
12 Barbera 1m 32.334s
13 Bautista 1m 32.387s
14 Petrucci 1m 32.452s
15 Redding 1m 32.577s
16 Laverty 1m 32.659s
17 Miller 1m 32.811s
18 Bradl 1m 32.875s
19 Baz 1m 32.938s
20 Rabat 1m 33.030s
21 Hernandez 1m 33.188s
22 Kallio 1m 33.208s

By Peter McLaren

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