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, which took place from 10am to 5pm, concludes on Wednesday evening.

Maverick Vinales sets his best lap time with the 2016 Yamaha, but Tech 3's Johann Zarco was second qucikest on a 2017 bike.

Valentino Rossi and Alvaro Bautista both walked away from big accidents just after midday, but Bautista - who took a bang to his back after a possible technical issue - did not return.

Suzuki team-mates Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins did not test today due to a stomach virus....

1. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 30.189s [Lap 70/80]
2. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 1m 30.389s +0.200s [44/53]
3. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 30.501s +0.312s [45/70]
4. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 30.519s +0.330s [49/63]
5. Jack Miller AUS Octo Pramac (GP16) 1m 30.635s +0.446s [54/57]
6. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 30.756s +0.567s [31/51]
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17/18) 1m 30.850s +0.661s [28/50]
8. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP17/18) 1m 31.059s +0.870s [34/48]
9. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 31.166s +0.977s [45/56]
10. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 31.259s +1.070s [31/55]
11. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 31.328s +1.139s [13/52]
12. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 31.415s +1.226s [30/53]
13. Tito Rabat ESP Reale Avintia (GP17) 1m 31.673s +1.484s [51/70]
14. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac (GP17/18) 1m 31.721s +1.532s [19/46]
15. Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 32.075s +1.886s [61/64]
16. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar (GP16) 1m 32.445s +2.256s [52/66]
17. Takaaki Nakagami GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 32.723s +2.534s [66/76]
18. Franco Morbidelli ESP EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 32.762s +2.573s [76/78]
19. Takumi Takahashi JPN Honda Test Rider (RC213V) 1m 33.569s +3.380s [55/55]
20. Xavier Simeon ESP Reale Avintia (GP16)* 1m 34.242s +4.053s [36/43]

* 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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Zarco’s time Is extremely embarrassing for Rossi and Viñales. All this constant moaning then somebody else gets on it and BOOM, 2nd fastest.

Since when is a tenth in a test embarassing? If anything this is a sign of what's to come, if the factory team sorts itself out. Rossi > Zarco > Vinales

16/17/18 bike doesn't matter. Zarco need full factory support whatever the bike.

so Zarco is still fast on 2017 M1... hum hum maybe the factory boys needs some couching from Zarco.


He make vinales and rossi look really bad. they tested the 16 chassis and was slower than him. zarco tested the 17 chassis and is faster than them. they dont have excuses anymore, zarco destroyed both factory yamaha riders. Time to wake up for yamaha and make space for Zarco as soon as possible. If they let them go he will one day win championships either on honda or ducati. Yamaha should stop living in the past with dreaming about rossis 10th title.

Zarco is the second best rider in MotoGP now I think we can all officially confirm that.  Rossi is still the goat but he's lost a step and Marquez is most likely the future goat. Jack Miller is probably going to be the second best Ducati rider next year in my opinion but I'm sure some others will disagree, of course only until he proves it. Can't wait for 2018 now. 


so Rossi is the Goat? lol. Maybe you mean the fury white thing? Because a GOAT wouldnt be 10 years without winnin a championship, so please stop this fairytales about Goat. Rossi gets embarrassed by an rookie, what a Goat. lol.

Zarco is gonna be a real threat next year, even for marquez. Thats why rossi will do everything to make yamaha not give them the same bike like he gets. 

Moderators please deal with this troll.

As it is usually said but this time of day: "it is only the first day of testing..."

As it is usually said BY this time of day: "it is only the first day of testing..."