Following Sunday's season-ending Valencia MotoGP race, riders and teams returned to the circuit to start their 2020 preparations in earnest during a two-day official test.

Moto2 champion Alex Marquez - who will join brother Marc at Repsol Honda next season - has been placed at the LCR team for this test and is on track alongside fellow class rookies Brad Binder and Iker Lecuona. 

Alex fell after just eight laps, fortunately without harm, but causing significant damage to his 2019-spec RCV. Bradl later fell at the same corner, while Smith briefly brought out the red flags to retrieve his Aprilia from the gravel trap.

All factories with the exception of Aprilia have brought significant updates to try for 2020. Aprilia's new bike will not be seen until Sepang in February.

Miguel Oliveira and Takaaki Nakagami are not present, as they continue to recover from shoulder surgery, but Dani Pedrosa will be back in action as part of his KTM test riding duties.

Testing takes place from 10am to 5pm, but chilly conditions meant a quiet opening hour.

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Valencia MotoGP test times - Tuesday (1pm)
Pos RiderNatTeamTime
1^3 Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)1m 30.599s
2^3 Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.051s
3˅2 Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.193s
4˅2Maverick VinalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.195s
5^1 Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (Desmosedici)+0.359s
6^1 Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)+0.375s
7^5Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (Desmosedici)+0.531s
8˅5 Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.550s
9NA Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (Desmosedici)+0.834s
10˅2 Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.909s
11˅2 Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.005s
12˅2 Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.053s
13˅2Iker LecuonaSPARed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.573s
14= Andrea IannoneITAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.608s
15˅2 Aleix EspargaroSPAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.712s
16^2 Karel AbrahamCZEReale Avintia (Desmosedici)+1.980s
17NA Dani PedrosaSPAKTM Test Rider (RC16)+1.995s
18˅3 Stefan BradlGERHonda Test Rider (RC213V)+2.234s
19NA Michele PirroITADucati Test Rider (Desmosedici)+2.247s
20˅3 Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (Desmosedici)+2.337s
21˅5 Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Test Rider (RS-GP)+2.652s
22˅3Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)*+2.798s
23˅3Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)*+4.829s


*Rookie
Key:
^X Rider is X positions higher than previous hour.
= Rider is same position as previous hour.
˅X Rider is X positions lower than previous hour

Official Valencia MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 29.401s (2016)
Fastest race lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 31.116s (2019)

By Peter McLaren

 

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