Maverick Viñales has already shared with the media to be fully motivated at the start of the testing season. He entered the track a little after 11 o‘clock, leaving him, in theory, with six further hours before the session‘s end. The Spaniard used this opportunity to work on tyre consumption, his riding style, his rhythm, and to take the new prototype YZR-M1 out for a spin, with very competitive results. Three hours later he was in provisional first place with a 1‘30.593s. He kept working on his pace rather than putting in a time-attack, but did manage to improve his time to a 1'30.327 on his penultimate run. The only rider that could beat this lap was Fabio Quartararo, putting Viñales in second place, with a 0.164s margin, having completed 66 laps in total.
Valentino Rossi also returned to the scene of the Valencia Grand Prix, the Ricardo Tormo circuit, in the morning, to welcome his new Crew Chief David Muñoz. Though vastly experienced, the former Moto2 Sky VR46 Racing Team Chief Mechanic is new to the premier class, so this first day of 2020 MotoGP testing was an important step to get the new partnership going. The Doctor commenced his testing after 11 o‘clock. The Italian used the available testing time to try to compare and contrast the new bike items and specs, giving positive feedback. Like his team-mate his main goal was prolonging tyre life. He posted a best time of 1‘31.012s on lap 57/73, which put him in ninth position, 0.849s from the top.