Valencia 16:00: Ducati in front, Oliveira & Miller strong / MotoGP

With 1.5 hours to go, Luca Marini (Ducati) leads the Valencia test ahead of Maverick Viñales from Aprilia. The biggest surprise so far was Miguel Oliveira, when the Portuguese drove his Aprilia into the top three.

World champion Ducati fitted new fairings to the bikes of Pecco Bagnaia, Johann Zarco and Jorge Martin on Tuesday. The big changes were especially noticeable on the side panels, they were similar to the Aprilia. Bagnaia himself drove the fewest laps of the regular riders in the morning, but in the afternoon he unwound one or the other additional program.

By the way: The two Ducati GP22s that Jack Miller rode in the factory team this year were split on Tuesday. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing) has a GP21 and GP22 available, as does Marco Bezzechhi of the VR46 team. Alex Márquez drives Enea Bastianini’s GP21 from this season at Gresini.

At Yamaha, it’s the whole thing. Fabio Quartararo has been complaining about his lack of performance all year. Testing after the Misano GP saw the new engine variant for the M1 for the first time and the Frenchman was happy with the first steps. During the test after the last race of the season in Valencia, the world runner-up has three different Yamaha bikes in his box. There was also a new aerodynamic package including “Pokémon wings” on the rear.

At Honda, Marc Márquez is also tinkering with three RC213V bikes in his garage. In addition to some innovations in the fairing, a carbon clutch was discovered in operation. After this day of testing at the four kilometer circuit of Cheste, anyone expecting the first evaluations from Joan Miro (Honda), Jack Miller (KTM), Alex Rinse (Honda) and Pol Espargaró (GASGAS) after trying their new equipment work will be disappointed. All are not allowed to talk about the experience through their contracts with this year’s manufacturers.

For Brad Binder and KTM, it’s all about confirming the feel of the chassis, which was also in action in Sunday’s race at the Ricardo Tormo circuit. A new seat unit and a new exhaust system will also be tested. Just before 16:00 local time, smoke formed on the South African RC16, but he was able to slowly return to the pits. Smoke could also be seen on KTM newcomer Jack Miller, the rear wheel cover was broken and then rubbed against the tire.

Meanwhile, VR46 driver Luca Marini took the lead with a lap time of 1:30.032 min. The brother of superstar Valentino Rossi is 0.293s ahead of Maverick Viñales (Aprilia) with 90 minutes to go and just over three tenths ahead of Aprilia rookie Miguel Oliveira in third. Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia) and Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati) complete the first place – 5th.

Marc Márquez is the best Honda rider in 10th place, just ahead of Jack Miller (1:30.787min), who jumped up significantly from the 1pm classification in tenth place. His time is already six tenths faster than in Sunday’s race in Valencia with Ducati. Yamaha star Fabio Quartararo is 14th at 16:00, just over a second down – despite being the most diligent with 75 laps.

So while Oliveira, Miller and Alex Márquez have been strong so far on their new bikes, ex-Suzuki riders Joan Mir and Alex Rins have struggled with the Honda RC213V.

Test in Valencia, MotoGP, status at 16:00 (November 8):

1. Marini, Ducati, 1:30.032 min
2. Vinales, Aprilia, +0.293 sec
3. Oliveira, Aprilia, + 0.335
4. Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia, +0.366
5. Bezzecchi, Ducati, +0.499
6. Martin, Ducati, +0.544
7. Bastianini, Ducati, +0.560
8. Zarco, Ducati, +0.594
9. Di Giannantonio, Ducati, +0.607
10. Marc Marquez, Honda, +0.644
11. Miller, KTM, +0.755
12. Alex Marquez, Ducati, +0.810
13. Brad Binder, KTM, +1,052
14. Quartararo, Yamaha, +1,055
15. Pol Espargaro, GASGAS, +1,095
16. Bagnaia, Ducati, + 1.154
17. Nakagami, Honda, +1.225
18. Morbidelli, Yamaha, +1.257
19. Raul Fernandez, Aprilia, +1,308
20. Mir, Honda, +1,528
21. Kidney, Honda, + 1,577
22. Augusto Fernández, GASGAS, + 2,206
23. Pirro, Ducati, + 2,273

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