Valencia MotoGP Test: As it happened - including Bastianini's fall

Following Sunday’s season-ending MotoGP, teams and riders returned to Valencia for a day of official testing.

The last track action of 2022 saw nine riders make their debuts with new teams: Enea Bastianini (Ducati Lenovo), Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM), Pol Espargaro (Tech3 GASGAS), Joan Mir (Repsol Honda), Alex Rins (LCR Honda), Miguel Oliveira (RNF Aprilia), Raul Fernandez (RNF Aprilia), Alex Marquez (Gresini Ducati) and rookie Augusto Fernandez (Tech3 GASGAS).

Meanwhile, all five remaining factories - following the loss of Suzuki – will be continuing work on their 2023-spec machines…

08 Nov 2022
12 minutes left

The Valencia test is almost over. Stay tuned for full timings.

Marc Marquez isn't happy

Marquez has said "with this bike we can't win the championship" after today's test!


Fabio Quartararo

He's on track now - and currently ninth fastest.

Fabio Quartararo, Valencia MotoGP test, 8 November
Fabio Quartararo, Valencia MotoGP test, 8 November

56 mins to go

We finish at 16.30 UK - 17.30 local.

Enea Bastianini falls

Enea Bastianini has suffered his first fall as a factory Ducati rider - and the first by any rider today - while testing with the new fairing.

The Italian, currently 9th fastest, was momentarily trapped under his bike, but is now helping push the bike out of the gravel.

di Giannantonio climbs to 6th

After a rough second-half to his rookie MotoGP season, Fabio di Giannantonio has made a promising start on the GP22 with new crew chief Frankie Carchedi (formerly with Joan Mir at Suzuki).

PIC: Kalex swingarm for Mir

Joan Mir, Valencia MotoGP test, 8 November
Joan Mir, Valencia MotoGP test, 8 November


Sunday's winner Rins down in 21st

Sunday's Suzuki race winner Alex Rins is currently only 21st on the the timesheets for LCR Honda, having set almost exactly the same lap time (+1.577s) as former team-mate Joan Mir.

A VR46 one-two

Marco Bezzecchi moves into second place behind team-mate Luca Marini.

While Marini is staying on a GP22 next season, Rookie of the Year Bezzecchi is being upgraded from the GP21.

Bez then does a massive stoppie as he pulls into pit lane.

Miguel Oliveira up to 3rd

The former Red Bull KTM rider makes a big jump up the timesheets on his new RNF Aprilia with 90-minutes of testing to go.

Only Luca Marini and Maverick Vinales are currently quicker than Oliveira.

More from Herve!

"I haven't missed a race since 1985! Not one! One day it will happen.

"It will be weird sitting at home watching my guys.

"Life is like a tree - trunk and branches. The trunk is your passion. The brances? You have other interests in your life.

"The trunk will die one day.

"I love swimming, riding, being at home!"

Herve Poncharal from Tech3

"We will be independent from the orange but, together, we will grow."

Marc Marquez

Repsol Honda man is one of eight riders currently on the track. He has put in a lot of work today...


Tardozzi on Ducati's riders

"In 2023 we will have four riders - Ducati and Pramac - on 2023 spec.

"Four riders - Gresini and VR46 - on spec from the end of 2022.

"Pecco will learn a lot from his mistakes. Enea wants to show that he can be champion too.

"Jorge Martin wants to show us that we have made a mistake not to bring him into the factory team.

"Alex Marquez wants to show that what he did with another manufacturer was not his fault!

"I expect improvement from Bezzecchi, Marini, Di Giannantonio..."

Alex Marquez, Valencia MotoGP test, 8 November
Alex Marquez, Valencia MotoGP test, 8 November

Ducati's Davide Tardozzi

"It hasn't sunk in yet. Since yesterday we are focused on improving the bike and defending the title.

"The plan today is a part of our plan in the winter test. Electronics, chassis...

"We have to test here, something different in Malaysia, finally we will decide about the 2023 bike.

"Aerodynamics can be improved. Our weak point is turning - other bikes turn better than us."

Ducati bike, Valencia MotoGP test, 8 November
Ducati bike, Valencia MotoGP test, 8 November

VR46 duo are out

Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi are on track.

Marco Bezzecchi, Valencia MotoGP test, 8 November
Marco Bezzecchi, Valencia MotoGP test, 8 November


Top rider by brand:

Aprilia: Maverick Vinales (1st)

Ducati: Jorge Martin (3rd)

Honda: Marc Marquez (7th)

KTM: Brad Binder (10th)

Yamaha: Fabio Quartararo (11th)


Most riders are currently having lunch but the Marquez brothers, Binder and Fernandez are on track.