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 was 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 Turn 10, while Smith then 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.

The Frenchman was unharmed and returned later in the session. Quartararo's earlier time remained unbeaten, although Vinales reduced his advantage to 0.164s. The factory Yamaha team had a new prototype engine to try, which seemed to provide more top speed, while the satellite Sepang squad got the end-of-season chassis updates.

All factories with the exception of Aprilia have brought significant updates to this test. 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 was back in action as part of his KTM test riding duties.

Francesco Bagnaia hoped to return after missing the season finale due to a bizarre accident while warming his brakes at the end of pit lane on Saturday, but was again absent.

Fellow Ducati rider Petrucci called a halt to testing after just 10 laps due to tendonitis in his shoulder

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

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Valencia MotoGP test times - Tuesday (FINAL)
Pos RiderNatTeamTime
1= Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)1m 30.163s
2=Maverick VinalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.164s
3= Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.487s
4= Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (Desmosedici)+0.502s
5= Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.535s
6^2 Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.648s
7˅1 Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.795s
8˅1 Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)+0.811s
9^1 Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.849s
10˅1Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (Desmosedici)+0.967s
11= Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.020s
12= Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (Desmosedici)+1.270s
13^6Iker LecuonaSPARed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.482s
14˅1 Andrea IannoneITAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.511s
15˅1 Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (Desmosedici)+1.612s
16˅1 Aleix EspargaroSPAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.652s
17˅1 Dani PedrosaSPAKTM Test Rider (RC16)+1.700s
18˅1 Michele PirroITADucati Test Rider (Desmosedici)+1.853s
19˅1 Karel AbrahamCZEReale Avintia (Desmosedici)+1.871s
20= Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Test Rider (RS-GP)+1.927s
21=Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)*+2.482s
22= Stefan BradlGERHonda Test Rider (RC213V)+2.670s
23=Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)*+2.710s

*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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