2013 Valencia Post-Race Test Day 2 Times: Marquez Leads Lorenzo As Yamaha End Testing

Marc Marquez topped the timesheets on the second day of the MotoGP test at Valencia, the newly-crowned world champion posting a very fast time at the end of the day to open a gap between himself and Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo had been closing the gap on Marquez, but in the end, the Repsol Honda man was over two tenths faster than the Yamaha man. Marquez had divided his time between three bikes: the 2013 machine, the 2014 bike as tested at Misano, and a brand new version of the 2014 bike. Lorenzo, in turn, had alternated between 2013 and 2014 versions of the Yamaha M1.

Dani Pedrosa ended the day in 3rd, having spent his time working on electronics for the 2014 bike, though he spent plenty of time on the 2013 machine as well for comparison. Pedrosa headed up the two satellite Hondas, Stefan Bradl close on Pedrosa's time, Alvaro Bautista a fraction further back. Bradley Smith tested the 2013 Yamaha ridden by Cal Crutchlow at  the end of the season, the bike with the modified fuel tank. He pronounced the bike a big improvement, and was fast enough to end the test in front of Valentino Rossi. Rossi had spent some time on the 2014 bike, and had spent a lot of his time working on fuel consumption, the drop to 20 liters being a major issue for the Yamaha, and especially for taller and heavier riders such as Rossi.

Andrea Dovizioso put in a last minute push to end the day in 8th, over a second behind Marquez, and a tenth ahead of Pol Espargaro, who has made a strong debut with the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha. Cal Crutchlow had a busy second day at Ducati, working on set up on the bike to get an understanding of the machine. They found a better set up at the end of the session, but had a small crash at Turn 8 in his last laps.

The factory Yamaha team have now completed testing, and are packing up to leave. The remaining teams will stay on for one more day, though the weather forecast is looking like rain.

Final times from Tuesday:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Diff previous
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:30.536    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:30.768 0.232 0.232
3 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1:30.948 0.412 0.180
4 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:30.990 0.454 0.042
5 19 Alvaro Bautista Honda 1:31.208 0.672 0.218
6 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1:31.397 0.861 0.189
7 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:31.414 0.878 0.017
8 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1:31.661 1.125 0.247
9 40 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1:31.836 1.300 0.175
10 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1:31.844 1.308 0.008
11 35 Cal Crutchlow Ducati 1:32.114 1.578 0.270
12 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1:32.473 1.937 0.359
13 69 Nicky Hayden Honda RCV1000R 1:32.576 2.040 0.103
14 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati Open 1:32.800 2.264 0.224
15 41 Aleix Espargaro FTR Yamaha 1:32.847 2.311 0.047
16 5 Colin Edwards FTR Yamaha 1:33.149 2.613 0.302
17 70 Michael Laverty PBM 1:33.672 3.136 0.523
18 14 Randy De Puniet Aprilia ART 1:33.833 3.297 0.161
19 45 Scott Redding Honda RCV1000R 1:34.541 4.005 0.708
20 63 Mike Di Meglio FTR Kawasaki 1:34.618 4.082 0.077


Tweet Button: 

Back to top


Calm down. Have some dip! New bike, no baseline, new electronics, different rubber. I'll withhold much judgement until first race. It's ahead of the FTR Yamaha, which I would say is what it should be compared to for this test. Hell, even P2 is almost 0.3 seconds behind. It's a test.

Hayden isn't Stoner ;) Plus it was on a different track in different conditions. I don't think any of us really believed the riders on the proddie bikes would get that close anyway

Finished ahead of a lot of guys though, including a factory Duc ridden by his incumbent.

I'd have to agree that those gaps won't be closing up much. And just because Stoner said the bike was .3 off doesn't make it gospel. I seriously doubt he could stay within .3 of a second with MM and DP on a prod racer versus their RCV's, but what do I know... Other than I'll be voted down because of that statement :P

I did mean 3rd, but mistyped... Corrected now, thanks for pointing that out.

So, Marc Marquez and Honda had three bikes to chose from over the test, JL and Yamaha had two bikes to chose from and Ducati had...the 2013 version BUT...with a new fairing. oh dear.

If Cal is looking for Dovi anywhere in the pit, tell him to look to see if he sees red Spidi clad feet swinging in the air at eye level...

Anyone know if he's going to ride with the #1 plate next year? I hope he does, it's good for the sport.

Also, impressed with Pol Espargaro, only half a second off his teammate already.

A journalist asked that question at the post-race press conference and he said probably not, because all his fans know his '93' so well (t-shirts, flags, banners, etc.) he doesn't want to mess that up. But, he said he will try to incorporate a '1' in there somewhere to show respect to Honda.

The ballast of that #1 plate. Did he not come into the pits post race on Sunday with the big #1 plate sticker with a tiny #93 inside it? Something like Stoner past. A big #1 with #27 inside the #1. I hope he does use the #1. All silly superstitions aside, I believe the #1,#2 and #3 plates should be mandatory for riders finishing in that order in the previous years championship. Not much to read into anything post Valencia,but Yonny Hernandez seems to like the 24 litre 'open' Ducati across the 2 days.

Honda and Yamaha, maybe testing the low fuel and spec ECU but otherwise the order is the same with only one change where Bradley Smith replaces Cal for Valentino's sparring partner. I'm hoping Yamaha bring a little more for 2014.

More interesting to see where Nicky ended up in comparison to his old bike and the same for Aleix. Hard to read the tea leaves on those but given that Ducati only brought a new fairing then I was kind of hoping that the budget Yam and Honda would have been infront, especially Nicky in front of Cal since that both of them are on bikes that are new to them. Possibly asking too much since Ducati have a heap of data and would be able to get Cal up to speed much faster while Nicky lost the first day through having to share the bike. Going to be very hard to twiddle my thumbs waiting for the answers.

He's not. I read somewhere(it might have been ones of David's tweets) that he's going with 93. It's a branding thing. Look at Rossi. Tons of money from "46" wear. Same for Marc seeing as how Rossi's company, VR46 runs it.