Marquez sets the pace despite crash

Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez was the fastest on the first day of post-season testing in Valencia despite crashing early on. 

Marquez, who was one of many riders using the new Michelin tyres, crashed at Turn 3 on his fourth lap, but bounced back to record a time of 1:31.551 on his 10th lap after Cal Crutchlow had set the early pace. Crutchlow, who crashed at Turn 5, finished with the sixth-fastest time.

Andrea Iannone posted the second-quickest time and was just 0.088 seconds behind Marquez even though he too came off his bike at Turn 3.

Marquez’s team-mate Dani Pedrosa was third with a time of  1:31.681, while Maverick Vinales and reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo rounded out the top five. 

Pol and Aleix Espargaro also crashed during the session, but managed to record the seventh and ninth-fastest times respectively. 

Valentino Rossi, who was beaten to the MotoGP title on Sunday by his Movistar Yamaha team-mate Lorenzo, finished with the 12th best time and was 0.850s behind Marquez. 

Day One Testing Times

1.    Marc Marquez    ESP    Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)    1:31.551    (Lap 10/47) 
2.    Andrea Iannone    ITA    Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15)    1:31.639     0.088s    (30/61) 
3.    Dani Pedrosa    ESP    Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)    1:31.681     0.130s    (11/49) 
4.    Maverick Vinales    ESP    Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)*    1:31.720     0.169s    (36/59) 
5.    Jorge Lorenzo    ESP    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)    1:31.767     0.216s    (32/41) 
6.    Cal Crutchlow    GBR    LCR Honda (RC213V)    1:31.911     0.360s    (8/54) 
7.    Pol Espargaro    ESP    Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)    1:31.937     0.386s    (10/40) 
8.    Bradley Smith    GBR    Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)    1:31.997     0.446s    (32/67) 
9.    Aleix Espargaro    ESP    Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)    1:32.005     0.454s    (36/47) 
10.    Andrea Dovizioso    ITA    Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15)    1:32.073     0.522s    (57/66) 
11.    Scott Redding    GBR    Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP15)    1:32.214     0.663s    (30/52) 
12.    Valentino Rossi    ITA    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)    1:32.401     0.850s    (45/57) 
13.    Danilo Petrucci    ITA    Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP15)    1:32.442     0.891s    (46/47) 
14.    Hector Barbera    ESP    Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2)    1:32.468     0.917s    (35/38) 
15.    Jack Miller    AUS    Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)    1:32.594     1.043s    (33/47) 
16.    Tito Rabat    ESP    Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)*    1:32.673     1.122s    (82/84) 
17.    Stefan Bradl    GER    Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)    1:32.721     1.170s    (34/46) 
18.    Loris Baz    FRA    Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2)    1:32.943     1.392s    (52/53) 
19.    Yonny Hernandez    COL    Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2)    1:33.046     1.495s    (31/57) 
20.    Alvaro Bautista    ESP    Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)    1:33.0611     1.510s    (66/66) 
21.    Eugene Laverty    IRL    Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2)    1:33.253     1.702s    (39/46) 
22.    Takuya Tsuda    JPN    Suzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)    1:34.591     3.040s    (54/55) 
23.    Nobuatsu Aoki    JPN    Suzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)    1:36.338     4.787s    (12/24)