Following Sunday's season-ending MotoGP race, riders and teams have returned to the Valencia 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 rookies Brad Binder and Iker Lecuona.

Miguel Oliveira and Takaaki Nakagami are not present, as they continue to recover from shoulder surgery, while Francesco Bagnaia is absent after his bizarre pit lane accident on Saturday. Danilo Petrucci had to stop testing after just ten laps on Tuesday due to tendonitis in his shoulder.

Dani Pedrosa is back in action as part of his KTM test riding duties.

Outgoing rookie star Fabio Quartararo led an all-Yamaha top three on Tuesday, with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) and Marc Marquez (Honda) best of the rest. All factories with the exception of Aprilia, whose new bike will not be seen until Sepang in February, have brought significant updates to this test.

Testing takes place from 10am to 5pm, but no bikes were on track in the opening hour due to the cool conditions.

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Valencia MotoGP test times - Wednesday (12pm)
PosRiderNatTeamTime
1 Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)1m 30.803s
2 Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.147s
3Maverick VinalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.233s
4 Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.299s
5 Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (Desmosedici)+0.410s
6 Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.440s
7Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (Desmosedici)+0.699s
8 Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.711s
9Iker LecuonaSPARed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*+0.712s
10 Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.853s
11 Aleix EspargaroSPAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.907s
12 Dani PedrosaSPAKTM Test Rider (RC16)+1.038s
13 Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)+1.277s
14 Stefan BradlGERHonda Test Rider (RC213V)+1.365s
15 Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (Desmosedici)+1.669s
16 Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Test Rider (RS-GP)+1.971s
17 Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+2.157s
18Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)*+2.191s
19 Andrea IannoneITAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+2.192s
20 Karel AbrahamCZEReale Avintia (Desmosedici)+2.278s
21Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)*+2.502s
22 Michele PirroITADucati Test Rider (Desmosedici)+2.654s

*Rookie

Fastest Day 1 time:
Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 1m 30.163s

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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