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.

Marc Marquez was next to halt the session, after a fast out-lap fall left his 2020 bike heavily damaged at Turn 13, followed by more red flags for Quartararo who fell (at Turn 10) shortly after pulling 0.430s clear at the top in the middle of the afternoon.

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 is 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 (4pm)
Pos RiderNatTeamTime
1^1 Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)1m 30.163s
2˅1Maverick VinalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.430s
3= Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.487s
4^1 Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (Desmosedici)+0.502s
5˅1 Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.535s
6^2 Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.795s
7˅1 Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)+0.811s
8˅1 Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.856s
9=Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (Desmosedici)+0.967s
10= Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.980s
11^1 Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.020s
12˅1 Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (Desmosedici)+1.270s
13= Andrea IannoneITAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.511s
14^1 Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (Desmosedici)+1.612s
15˅1 Aleix EspargaroSPAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.652s
16^4 Dani PedrosaSPAKTM Test Rider (RC16)+1.700s
17^1 Michele PirroITADucati Test Rider (Desmosedici)+1.722s
18^1 Karel AbrahamCZEReale Avintia (Desmosedici)+1.853s
19˅3Iker LecuonaSPARed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.871s
20˅3 Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Test Rider (RS-GP)+2.139s
21^1Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)*+2.482s
22˅1 Stefan BradlGERHonda Test Rider (RC213V)+2.670s
23=Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)*+3.005s

*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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