Márquez fastest as post-season test ends
15 November 2017 – MotoGP World Champion Marc Márquez topped the second and final day of the post-Valencian Grand Prix test, as riders continued their preparations for the 2018 campaign.
Márquez moved to the top of the times during the afternoon session and worked his way down to a 1:30.033 inside the final hour of running at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
Márquez's time was 0.156s quicker than Tuesday's benchmark, set by Maverick Viñales, and almost half a second clear of Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa.
Johann Zarco, impressed by Yamaha's 2017-spec bike on the first day, remained at the sharp-end, finishing just three hundredths away from Pedrosa, who edged him to victory last weekend.
Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest of the Ducatis, some half a second off the pace, as team-mate and title runner-up Andrea Dovizioso ended his day a couple of hours early.
Viñales placed fifth, a tenth up on team-mate Valentino Rossi, who was back in action after a massive opening-day crash, as LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow split the works Yamahas.
Jack Miller was the first rider to head out, amid a chilly start, and soon crashed his Pramac-run Ducati through Turn 10, though returned to the track later in the day.
Andrea Iannone was next up for Suzuki, which completed its first post-season miles after riders and crew fell ill, while Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia) completed the top 10.
KTM pair Pol Espargaró and Bradley Smith were on the fringes in 11th and 12th respectively, followed by the Avintia Ducati of Tito Rabat and other Suzuki of Álex Rins.
Dovizioso wound up 15th, with his aforementioned early finish, in front of 2018 MotoGP newcomers Franco Morbidelli (Marc VDS) and Takaaki Nakagami (LCR).
Danilo Petrucci (Pramac) and Scott Redding (Aprilia), team-mates in 2017, were 18th and 19th, as Avintia's Xavier Siméon and Honda tester Takumi Takahashi brought up the rear.
Aspar team-mates Álvaro Bautista and Karel Abraham did not hit the track on Wednesday, following their heavy crashes on the first day of running.