Vinales Fastest on First Day with Yamaha

Maverick Vinales made a dream start to life at Movistar Yamaha by topping the timesheets on day one of 2017 pre-season testing at Valencia. The young Spaniard drew first blood against new teammate Valentino Rossi, edging out the nine-times champion by two hundredths of a second, while Jorge Lorenzo also impressed on his Ducati debut, rounding out the top three.

Very rarely has a day of testing been so eagerly anticipated and Lorenzo was one of the first to break cover, taking the Ducati GP16 out for the first time shortly after 10am local time. The honours in the morning session went to Rossi though after a three lap burst took him into the 1:30s shortly before lunchtime, the Italian leading Suzuki debutant Andrea Iannone.

The sparks started to fly in the afternoon session as Vinales joined his new teammate in the 1:30s, sneaking ahead by 0.020s after a blistering fourth sector. Lorenzo also made huge inroads on the Ducati GP16 to go third on a 1:31.052 before taking the new GP17 machine out for its first shakedown in the closing minutes of the afternoon.

The 2017-spec Repsol Honda got its first taste of track action with Marc Marquez finishing fourth ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow while Iannone fell to seventh after a high speed crash at turn ten, a corner that also caught out Rossi, Pol Espargaro and Suzuki test rider Takuya Tsuda. Scott Redding rose to eighth late in the afternoon ahead of Hector Barbera and Dani Pedrosa.

The rookies had contrasting fortunes with Jonas Folger the fastest of them, pipping Tech 3 teammate Johann Zarco for sixteenth, 1.5 seconds off the pace. Alex Rins made a steady start on the Suzuki, finishing 21st behind the factory KTMs, while Sam Lowes had a crash on his first official test day with Aprilia.


2017 MotoGP Official Pre-Season Test: Valencia (Day One)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
125. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:30.930
246. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:30.950
399. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team1:31.052
493. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:31.102
54. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:31.131
635. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:31.156
729. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:31.165
845. Scott ReddingDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:31.242
98. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing1:31.286
1026. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:31.306
1143. Jack MillerHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:31.477
1219. Alvaro BautistaDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:31.674
1351. Michele PirroDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:32.068
1441. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:32.177
1576. Loris BazDucatiAvintia Racing1:32.315
1694. Jonas FolgerYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:32.450
175. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:32.462
1853. Tito RabatHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:32.578
1944. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:32.613
2038. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:32.806
2142. Alex RinsSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:32.811
2250. Eugene LavertyApriliaAprilia Test Team1:32.935
2317. Karel AbrahamDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:33.231
2422. Sam LowesApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:33.359
2512. Takuya TsudaSuzukiSuzuki Test Team1:34.110
2621. Francesco BagnaiaDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:36.940