Marquez fastest in wet opening practice

Marquez on top
Marquez on top

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez was fastest in the opening MotoGP practice at Valencia, which was red-flagged early in the session due to weather conditions.

The session started under soaking wet track conditions, which are forecast for the whole of the final weekend.

Jack Miller – despite a late crash at Turn 10 – was the Spaniard’s closest rival in P2, with his teammate Danilo Petrucci getting his Valencia weekend off to a positive beginning with P3 on Friday morning.

However, with the rain coming down with force after the Moto3™ session, it wasn’t long before the red flags came out with just under 38 minutes of the session remaining. Track conditions were – correctly – deemed to be too dangerous by Race Direction, with Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) having huge moments at Turn 13.

After a half hour or so delay, the riders headed back out for some vital wet weather running, with the rain set to stay for the whole weekend. By the checkered flag, Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso was P4 on the timesheets, 0.412 back from Marquez, with Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) getting his final Grand Prix race weekend off to a solid start – P5 for the three-time World Champion.

Marc Marquez

“Honestly, it was a difficult day because not only were there wet conditions with a lot of water, but also because it was very cold. When there’s so much water on track, it’s a kind of lottery, and the only thing you can do is try not to crash. This situation made things more complicated, but luckily the track here in Valencia has very good drainage and very good grip all things considered, and this allowed us to actually ride today. That said, I felt very good on the bike and was able to feel the limit and be fast, which is very important. It looks like the weather will be a bit better tomorrow, only to worsen again on Sunday, so we need to be ready for whatever condition we may find if we wish to fight for the podium."

Practice 1 Times

1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m39.767s 0.000s 18
2 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m39.873s 0.106s 13
3 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m39.907s 0.140s 19
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m40.179s 0.412s 14
5 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m40.467s 0.700s 18
6 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m40.685s 0.918s 19
7 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m40.772s 1.005s 17
8 Michele Pirro Ducati Ducati 1m40.836s 1.069s 17
9 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m40.892s 1.125s 21
10 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m40.965s 1.198s 22
11 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m40.967s 1.200s 15
12 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m41.015s 1.248s 22
13 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m41.146s 1.379s 22
14 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m41.160s 1.393s 19
15 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m41.277s 1.510s 14
16 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda Honda 1m41.479s 1.712s 14
17 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m41.489s 1.722s 17
18 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 1m41.713s 1.946s 21
19 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1m41.782s 2.015s 15
20 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m42.471s 2.704s 22
21 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m42.617s 2.850s 11
22 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 1m42.893s 3.126s 16
23 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 1m43.000s 3.233s 21
24 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m43.804s 4.037s 20
25 Jordi Torres Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m45.001s 5.234s 16