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.

The Wednesday action was briefly interrupted at 12:30pm when Iannone's Aprilia engine blew-up on the main straight, leaving his bike in flames.

Testing takes place from 10am to 5pm.

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Valencia MotoGP test times - Wednesday (1pm)
Pos RiderNatTeamTime
1^1 Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)1m 30.664s
2^11 Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)+0.021s
3˅2 Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.139s
4= Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.150s
5^3 Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.274s
6˅3Maverick VinalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.372s
7˅2 Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (Desmosedici)+0.549s
8˅2 Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.579s
9˅2Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (Desmosedici)+0.838s
10˅1Iker LecuonaSPARed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*+0.851s
11^1 Dani PedrosaSPAKTM Test Rider (RC16)+0.949s
12˅2 Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.992s
13˅2 Aleix EspargaroSPAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.046s
14^3 Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.259s
15^7 Michele PirroITADucati Test Rider (Desmosedici)+1.430s
16˅2 Stefan BradlGERHonda Test Rider (RC213V)+1.446s
17˅2 Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (Desmosedici)+1.495s
18^3Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)*+1.969s
19˅3 Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Test Rider (RS-GP)+1.993s
20= Karel AbrahamCZEReale Avintia (Desmosedici)+2.045s
21˅2 Andrea IannoneITAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+2.273s
22˅4Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)*+2.303s

*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

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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