Viñales quickest as Valencia test concludes

Viñales quickest as Valencia test concludes

16 November 2016 – Yamaha's Maverick Viñales remained at the top of the timesheets on the second and final day of MotoGP's post-season test session at Valencia's Ricardo Tormo Circuit.

Viñales, continuing with an unbranded 2016-spec M1, improved on Tuesday's benchmark by almost a second, working his way down to a time of 1:29.975 in the afternoon.

Viñales' charge followed a significant morning delay, amid safety concerns, when Suzuki riders Álex Rins and Andrea Iannone both crashed out heavily at Turn 12.

Having spoken to riders in the pit lane, MotoGP officials opted to re-install an air fence at the corner and, after an hour-long red flag, running resumed at around noon.

Iannone initially held his right wrist, but rejoined the action later on, while Rins, who gave a thumbs-up sign to television cameras, was taken to hospital with back pain.

Rins, who broke his collarbone earlier this season, has reportedly suffered two compressed vertebrae, which will rule him out of next week's planned test session at Jerez.

Honda's Marc Márquez, who led proceedings until lunch, ended the day 0.196s down on Viñales, enduring a clumsy fall when he got caught in the Turn 2 gravel trap.

Andrea Dovizioso put his Ducati third, half a second back, followed by aforementioned 2015/16 team-mate Iannone, and the other Repsol Honda of Dani Pedrosa.

LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow and Yamaha's Valentino Rossi set identical lap times in sixth and seventh, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, who got his first taste of Ducati's GP17.

Lorenzo, 0.769s adrift of Viñales, spent the majority of the day on the GP17, but returned to the older-spec machine with half an hour to go for a direct comparison.

Aleix Espargaró took ninth, as he continued to adapt at Aprilia, in front of new Tech 3 Yamaha pairing Jonas Folger and Johann Zarco, who were again closely matched.

Marc VDS rider Jack Miller escaped injury in a Turn 1 fall en route to 12th position, edging out Pramac's Scott Redding, Aspar's Álvaro Bautista and Avintia's Héctor Barberá.

Michele Pirro, riding in place of Danilo Petrucci at Pramac, ended the session 16th, with Pol Espargaró (KTM) and Tito Rabat (Marc VDS) also just under two seconds back.

Barberá's team-mate, Loris Baz, was a couple of tenths further back in 19th place, followed by Bradley Smith, on the other KTM, and new Aprilia test rider Eugene Laverty.

Karel Abraham, who will return to MotoGP next season, took 22nd, with Suzuki test rider Takuya Tsuda and Rins, sidelined in the early stages, bringing up the rear of the field.

Aprilia's Sam Lowes sat out running after his crash on Tuesday.

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