Marquez Puts Honda On Top At Valencia Test


Marc Marquez began life as MotoGP world champion in style by topping the second day of testing at Valencia. The newly crowned champion kicked off his preparations for the 2014 season just 48 hours after winning the title on Sunday and would actually set a time quick enough for pole position at the same circuit days earlier.

After sitting out day one of the test, Repsol Honda were on track with a 2013-spec motorcycle and a development machine, the latter of which Marquez took to a 1:30.536. Both he and his teammate Dani Pedrosa completed two race distances over the course of the day and Dani’s best time was good enough for third behind Marquez and Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo.

Fourth placed Stefan Bradl was the last rider in the 1:30s with Alvaro Bautista fifth ahead of Bradley Smith who was also on track for the first time since Sunday’s race. The Briton tested a factory-spec chassis for the first time along with a new seat unit and fuel tank package and immediately enjoyed the updates, finishing sixth fastest ahead of factory Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi.

Ducati continued to evaluate updates to their machine with Andrea Dovizioso eighth ahead of the continually impressive Pol Espargaro on the second Tech 3 Yamaha while Andrea Iannone completed the top ten ahead of Cal Crutchlow. Ducati’s new signing suffered his first crash on the Desmosedici when the front end folded at turn eight but despite that, felt positive at the end of his second day with the team.

The production Honda RCV1000R continued to turn heads with Nicky Hayden making his debut on the machine for Power Electronics Aspar. The 2006 world champion was just two seconds off the pace in thirteenth and Forward Racing’s Yamaha-powered FTR also made a bright start, Aleix Espargaro and Colin Edwards less than half a second further back in fifteenth and sixteenth.

Scott Redding’s second day as a MotoGP rider brought more challenges although his physical discomfort limited him to 23 laps and the Moto2 runner-up will now turn his attention to Sepang in the new year.

 

MOTOGP OFFICIAL TEST – VALENCIA (TUESDAY 12TH NOVEMBER)
POS RIDER MOTORCYCLE TEAM TIME
1  MARC MARQUEZ HONDA RC213V REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:30.536 REPORT
2  JORGE LORENZO YAMAHA YZR-M1 YAMAHA FACTORY RACING 1:30.768 REPORT
3  DANI PEDROSA HONDA RC213V REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:30.948 REPORT
4  STEFAN BRADL HONDA RC213V LCR HONDA MOTOGP 1:30.990
5  ALVARO BAUTISTA HONDA RC213V GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 1:31.208
6  BRADLEY SMITH YAMAHA YZR-M1 MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 1:31.397 REPORT
7  VALENTINO ROSSI YAMAHA YZR-M1 YAMAHA FACTORY RACING 1:31.414 REPORT
8  ANDREA DOVIZIOSO DUCATI GP13 DUCATI TEAM 1:31.661 REPORT
9  POL ESPARGARO YAMAHA YZR-M1 MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 1:31.836 REPORT
10  ANDREA IANNONE DUCATI GP13 ENERGY T.I. PRAMAC RACING 1:31.844
11  CAL CRUTCHLOW DUCATI GP13 DUCATI TEAM 1:32.114 REPORT
12  MICHELE PIRRO DUCATI GP13 DUCATI TEST TEAM 1:32.473
13  NICKY HAYDEN HONDA RCV1000R POWER ELECTRONICS ASPAR 1:32.576
14  YONNY HERNANDEZ DUCATI GP13 IGNITE PRAMAC RACING TEAM 1:32.800
15  ALEIX ESPARGARO FTR YAMAHA NGM MOBILE FORWARD RACING 1:32.847
16  COLIN EDWARDS FTR YAHAMA NGM MOBILE FORWARD RACING 1:33.149
17  MICHAEL LAVERTY ART PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 1:33.672
18  RANDY DE PUNIET ART PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 1:33.833
19  SCOTT REDDING HONDA RCV1000R GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 1:34.541
20  MIKE DI MEGLIO FTR AVINTIA BLUSENS 1:34.618
21  MARTIN BAUER S&B SUTER REMUS RACING TEAM NO TIME
22  HIROSHI AOYAMA HONDA RCV1000R POWER ELECTRONICS ASPAR NO TIME
23  HECTOR BARBERA FTR AVINTIA BLUSENS NO TIME