2014 Barcelona MotoGP Test Times Final: Marquez Fastest, Smith Close Behind

Final times from the MotoGP test at Barcelona:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:41.184    
2 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1:41.224 0.040 0.040
3 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:41.515 0.331 0.291
4 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1:41.640 0.456 0.125
5 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:41.655 0.471 0.015
6 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1:41.874 0.690 0.219
7 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1:41.969 0.785 0.095
8 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1:42.138 0.954 0.169
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha 1:42.153 0.969 0.015
10 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:42.174 0.990 0.021
11 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1:42.379 1.195 0.205
12 19 Alvaro Bautista Honda 1:42.542 1.358 0.163
13 35 Cal Crutchlow Ducati 1:42.909 1.725 0.367
14 45 Scott Redding Honda 1:43.294 2.110 0.385
15 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1:43.305 2.121 0.011
16 17 Karel Abraham Honda 1:43.449 2.265 0.144
17 14 Randy De Puniet Suzuki 1:43.683 2.499 0.234
18 8 Hector Barbera Avintia 1:44.163 2.979 0.480
19 5 Colin Edwards Forward Yamaha 1:44.364 3.180 0.201
20 63 Mike Di Meglio Avintia 1:44.624 3.440 0.260
21 70 Michael Laverty PBM 1:45.076 3.892 0.452
22 77 Dominique Aegerter Avintia 1:45.370 4.186 0.294
23 23 Broc Parkes PBM 1:45.534 4.350 0.164
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Next time you find yourself lining up for Q2 or a race, don't listen to all the voices (in your head and otherwise) that say you ain't good enough.

Because you are!

Smith is a weird rider, he can push out a very good lap out of nowhere, but he can never replicate that over a race distance. He's been consistently beaten by his rookie teammate.

I still don't know why, out of all that talent in Moto2, Poncharal chose him two years ago.

Herve always seems to have a spot for Dorna's mandatory pommy rider of the hour.
It is a shame that Smith just can't seem to consistently up his game.
Losing to a rookie teammate looks bad.

First Stoner beats him and later Marc beats him.
btw i can't wait for herve telling us who wil replace BS

After falling off while easily ahead of Pol in the first race (where Pol also crashed) Bradley beat Pol in the next 3 races. He seems to have struggled since then to consistently be fast, maybe as he gets used to then new weight distribution they have moved to, but has still been quicker than Pol from time to time. Just saying.

I am taking myself as example. I am not a pro Kart driver. Once I challenged ex-US national champ. He was champion 15 year ago.

My fastest lap is faster than him but....overall on timesheet, his lap time is very consistent. Mine is nowhere near. I guess that what differentiate between pro and non-pro.

Probably Smith not as pro as the other rider.....yet. Time will tell.

to see where De Puniet was on the timesheet. I'm guessing that pretty much kills the chances of Dani going to Suzuki.

or DePuniet.

It could be a case like Colin Edwards and his M1 - if he was the only one riding the Open M1, we might think the issue was the bike. I was unable to find any times for Laverty at PI, but it'd be interesting to see a fast rider on the Suzuki.

To see he's at least making progress on the thing. Randy's time is pretty much 2 whole seconds faster than his morning effort. I'd be reasonably happy with that, if I was him. Plus, they've got another two days of testing left to work on things. If the weather holds out, they may be able to bridge the gap a little more.

Do we know what sort of run these times were at - i.e. are they true reflections on race pace or did anyone stick a fast one in on fresh tyres and low fuel load at the end?

Given we don't know what sort of electronic spec or fuel the Suzuki is running their times can't be fairly compared - but they don't look good. I've seen elsewhere that Suzuki are after Dovi and Iannone - on current form they may as well stay where they are as the Ducati is moderately improving. Cal may feel it worth a shot though!

From watching the interview with Davide Brivio on MotoGp he mentions they just migrated their software from Mitsubishi ecu to Magnetti Marelli ecu and that they are having difficulty to get up to speed with it. From what i gathered they are not using spec software yet.

Expected Suzuki to be a half second faster than that today. Glad they didn't end up beaten by a CRT bike which would have been demoralizing. They have been working on that conversion over to the championship ECU for a good while now. Randy is plenty fast to reflect a realistic possibility of what the bike can do. They have some room to grow obviously and while they aren't at par they aren't lagging behind too much either.

Wish we knew if they chased a hot Qual lap or stayed on race pace focus, as with everyone really. Anyone know?

Fingers AND toes crossed for strong entries from Suzuki and Aprilia.

Very curious what the couple of "no longer CRT" teams will have for bikes. Whole turnkey ex-Iannone bike looks interesting relative to the Yamaha engine at the same price to me right now unless the team is enamored with their current bike aside from the power plant. Insights David et al?

Like to see a current racer on the Suzuki before passing judgement. Randy has been out for a while and could well be way off the pace. Hope yamaha have found something for the rest of the season. Reckon Rossi would have won that had he been on the honda..

Randy De Puniet FRA Suzuki 1m 43.683s testing
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha 1m 42.401s FP1
Diff = 1.282s

I didnt use AE because he rode the extra soft tyre.

Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing 1m 42.960s FP1
Randy De Puniet FRA Suzuki 1m 43.683s testing

Diff = 0.723s

Seems not so bad for Suzuki.

Hope Suzuki gets AD and AE for next year.