Following Sunday's Valencia MotoGP season finale, an official test began at the circuit on Tuesday morning.

The test offers the first chance for riders to appear with their 2018 teams; Jack Miller at Pramac Ducati, Scott Redding at Aprilia and Tito Rabat at Avintia Ducati, while rookies Franco Morbidelli, Takaaki Nakagami and Xavier Simeon are making their MotoGP debuts.

Thomas Luthi is missing the test due to foot injuries at Sepang and is replaced by HRC test rider Takumi Takahashi.

Testing takes place from 10am to 5pm.

Valentino Rossi and Alvaro Bautista both walked away from big accidents just after midday.Suzuki team-mates Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins are not testing today due to a stomach virus...

1. = Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 30.673s
2. ^5 Aleix Espargaro SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 31.105s +0.432s
3. ˅1 Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 31.227s +0.554s
4. ^7 Jack Miller AUS Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 31.276s +0.603s
5. ˅2 Maverick Vinales SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 31.306s +0.633s
6. ˅1 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 31.328s +0.655s
7. ˅3 Pol Espargaro SPA KTM MotoGP Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 31.446s +0.773s
8. ˅2 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17/18) 1m 31.586s +0.913s
9. = Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 31.598s +0.925s
10. ^6 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17/18) 1m 31.647s +0.974s
11. ˅3 Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 31.685s +1.012s
12. ˅2 Bradley Smith GBR KTM MotoGP Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 32.002s +1.329s
13. ^2 Karel Abraham CZE Aspar Ducati (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 32.542s +1.869s
14. ˅2 Tito Rabat SPA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 32.556s +1.883s
15. ˅2 Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17/18) 1m 32.708s +2.035s
16. ˅2 Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 33.143s +2.470s
17. ^2 Takumi Takahashi JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)* 1m 33.765s +3.092s
18. ˅1 Franco Morbidelli ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 34.204s +3.531s
19. ˅1 Takaaki Nakagami JPN EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 34.234s +3.561s
20. = Xavier Simeon BEL Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16)* 1m 35.537s +4.864s

Key:
˄X Rider has X higher positions than end of previous hour.
= Rider has same position as end of previous hour.
˅X Rider has X lower positions than end of previous hour.

* Rookie

Blue = Factory Team.
Red = Satellite Team.
2017 Valencia MotoGP:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 29.897s (Qualifying 2)
Fastest race lap:
Johann Zarco FRA Yamaha 1m 31.576s

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)
 

By Peter McLaren

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My only question with all those riders is..why Xavier Simeon,  I simply can't understand. 

Very cheap to sign probably. 

There's a lot of riders who are brilliant in Moto2 who don't perform in the top class and its wasted money. 

Take Aleix Espargaro for example, he won nothing in any of the lower classes but stood in for Kallio at Pramac, everyone objected but over time he's become a consistently fast rider, faster than others who have been good in the lower classes like Pol, Redding, Miller etc.

May be self financed...

Both Rossi and Viñales using last years banned wings. They must be really in it...

iannone and rins both suffer from a stomach virus? what the hell?

thats horrible news for suzuki. i really hope they can be competetive in 2018.