2013 MotoGP Austin Test Day 1 Test Times Final: Marquez Likes This Place

As expected, times have dropped substantially since the lunch break here in Austin, where the temperature is flirting with 80 degrees (F).  The Hondas have made more progress in the Spring sunshine, with Marquez dropping over 4 seconds from his previous pace. The Yamahas have trimmed their times, but to lesser degrees.

It's already becoming common to see Marc Marquez atop a time sheet, although the gap of nearly half a second to Pedrosa might be worthy of a raised eyebrow or two. Stefan Bradl performed yeoman's work putting his LCR Honda in front of both factory Yamahas for much of the afternoon. A late session charge by Lorenzo carved out .7 seconds of his previous time to salvage Yamaha's position close to the HRC duo.

Today's action has been relatively clean; with so few bikes on COTA's spacious track, there are few conflicts for territory. Earlier in the day Blake Young crashed his Attack Performance CRT bike, but any on-track carnage seems to have only slowed Attack.

Rossi completed 68 laps, with all other factory riders putting in 50-ish laps.  It is not for lack of trying that Rossi finds himself well back of the action at what is effectively a neutral site for all participants.

 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev.
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 02:04.619 00.000  
2 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 02:05.047 00.428 00.428
3 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 02:05.344 00.725 00.297
4 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 02:06.053 01.434 00.709
5 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 02:06.507 01.888 00.454
6 79 Blake Young Attack 02:15.102 10.483 08.595

 

Comments

Wow

This is really exciting to read... a new, and from reports difficult and technical track for everyone, and MM93 is half a second clear the other main championship contenders.

I know it's a stuck record phrase but - MM93 is a shot in the arm for MotoGP. Can't wait to see the kid race and deliver on the early season promise.

Total votes: 41

I can barely wait for the

I can barely wait for the race.

Total votes: 31

Blake Young

It's too bad he doesn't have a ride in the states...hope he's ok from the wreck. Anyone know if he walked away unhurt?
Also, the Attack CRT is Kawasaki powered if I am not mistaken.

Total votes: 41

Thanks for the info

Nice to see that motomatters is covering this test!
typo alert: Blake Young is not riding a Honda

Total votes: 24

If I read correctly, Blake

If I read correctly, Blake Youngs first bike was a big bang/cross plane firing order powered by Kawasaki. The first bike was pretty much toast, as reports are that it caught fire.

The second bike he went out on was the screamer engine config.

I hope this helps.

Total votes: 33

TWO SECONDS

So, Valentino is still almost two seconds off the front-running pace. But he's doing a lot of laps so he will definitely have a great race set up come April. It will be interesting to see what days two and three bring. Hard to imagine Marquez will maintain the advantage to the end of the third day.

Total votes: 28

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