2014 Valencia MotoGP Tuesday Test Times 2pm: Little Action On A Soaking Track

Heavy rain falling since this morning has made for a very wet track at Valencia. Though the track opened at 10am for the second full day of testing, it remained silent for the first two hours, riders only venturing out shortly after noon. By 2pm, nine men had put in laps, though lap times were a very long way off being fast. Yonny Hernandez led the way, ahead of his new Pramac Ducati teammate Danilo Petrucci, while Scott Redding was third.

The riders who are out are focusing more on getting to understand the bikes in the wet, rather than chasing lap times. The weather is starting to lift, but it is still cold, and the track will take a long time to dry. There are several riders who are unlikely to go out at all in the wet.

Times at 2pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14.2 1:44.432    
2 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 1:44.862 0.430 0.430
3 45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 1:45.243 0.811 0.381
4 69 Nicky Hayden Honda RC213V-RS 1:45.401 0.969 0.158
5 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:45.715 1.283 0.314
6 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1:47.460 3.028 1.745
7 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 1:47.866 3.434 0.406
8 76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 1:47.942 3.510 0.076
9 50 Eugene Laverty Honda RCV1000R 1:53.304 8.872 5.362
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.. a bike makes. I know it's still early and we also have this wet weather conditions but I hate when bike disparity makes such a big difference and unables good riders to show their potential. I also hope for a good weather tomorrow in order to see some good riding like yesterday. Lorenzo seems to be freaked out by this conditions. Last years crash/back for operation/back to race seems to leave big scars on him. Not in a physical way that is...

The Aprilia is a beautiful bike. Looks like a 250. I hope Melandri and Bautista will do a good job developing it...