Following Valencia's MotoGP race at the end of Sunday's season, riders and teams returned to the circuit to begin preparations for 2020 in earnest during an official two-day test.
Moto2 Champion Alex Marquez – who will join Brother Marc at Repsol Honda next season – has been placed on the LCR team for this test and is on his way alongside fellow newcomers Brad Binder and Iker Lecuona.
Alex crashed after just eight laps, fortunately undamaged but causing significant damage to his 2019 RCV. Bradl later crashed around the same corner, while Smith briefly took out the red flags to retrieve his Aprilia from the gravel trap.
All factories except Aprilia have brought significant upgrades to try by 2020. The new Aprilia 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 will be back in action as part of his KTM test assignments.
The tests are conducted from 10am to 5pm, but cold conditions mean a quiet opening hours.
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|Valence MotoGP Test Times – Tuesday (1pm)|
|1||^ 3||Fabio Quartararo||FRA||Yamaha Petronas (YZR-M1)||1m 30.599s|
|2||^ 3||Franco Morbidelli||ITA||Yamaha Petronas (YZR-M1)||+ 0.051s|
|3||2||Marc Marquez||SPA||Repsol Honda (RC213V)||+ 0.193s|
|4||2||Maverick vinales||SPA||Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)||+ 0.195s|
|5th||^ 1||Andrea Dovizioso||ITA||Ducati Team (Desmosedici)||+ 0.359s|
|6th||^ 1||Pol Espargaro||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16)||+ 0.375s|
|7th||^ 5||Jack miller||AUS||Pramac Ducati (Desmosedici)||+ 0.531s|
|8th||˅5||Alex Rins||SPA||Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)||+ 0.550s|
|9th||N / A||Danilo Petrucci||ITA||Ducati Team (Desmosedici)||+ 0.834s|
|10||2||Joan Mir||SPA||Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)||+ 0.909s|
|11||2||Cal crutchlow||GBR||Honda LCR (RC213V)||+ 1,005s|
|12||2||Valentino Rossi||ITA||Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)||+ 1,053s|
|13||2||Iker Lecuona||SPA||Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16) *||+ 1,573s|
|14th||=||Andrea Iannone||ITA||Aprilia Gresini Factory (RS-GP)||+ 1,608s|
|15||2||Aleix Espargaro||SPA||Aprilia Gresini Factory (RS-GP)||+ 1,712s|
|16||^ 2||Karel Abraham||CZE||Reale Avintia (Desmosedici)||+ 1,980s|
|17||N / A||Dani Pedrosa||SPA||KTM Test Pilot (RC16)||+ 1,995s|
|18||˅3||Stefan Bradl||GER||Honda Test Pilot (RC213V)||+ 2,234s|
|19||N / A||Michele Pirro||ITA||Ducati Test Pilot (Desmosedici)||+ 2,247s|
|20||˅3||Tito Rabat||SPA||Reale Avintia (Desmosedici)||+ 2,337s|
|21||˅5||Bradley Smith||GBR||Aprilia Test Pilot (RS-GP)||+ 2,652s|
^ X The pilot is in X positions above the previous hour.
= The pilot is in the same position as the previous hour.
˅X The pilot is in X positions below the previous hour
Valencia MotoGP official records:
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha SPA 1m 29.401s (2016)
Fastest lap of the race:
Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m 31.116s (2019)