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2014 Valencia Moto2 And Moto3 Post-Season Test: Rabat Rules Moto2, Rins Impresses, Antonelli On Top Of Moto3

Tito Rabat continued his rule of the Moto2 class at Valencia by ending the final day of testing on top of the timesheets and under the pole record at the Spanish circuit. The newly-crowned 2014 champion spent all day working on set up of the 2015 Kalex machine he will be riding for the Marc VDS team next season. Rabat finished just ahead of Johann Zarco, the Frenchman adapting quickly to the Kalex frame in the new Ajo Motosport team. Jonas Folger was close behind, starting his second year with the AGR team.

Alex Rins once again won the battle of the rookies, this time by a clear margin. The HP Pons rider adapted quickly, posting an impressive eighth-fastest time, just two thirds of a second off the time of Rabat. Alex Marquez had a rougher time, crashing twice without any injury, other than to his confidence. The reigning Moto3 champion ended the day in twelfth, just over a second behind his Marc VDS teammate Rabat.

In the Moto3 class, Niccolo Antonelli was the fastest of the riders using a transponder, setting a time which exactly matched his pole time from the race weekend at the circuit just ten days ago. Pecco Bagnaia was the second quickest rider, the Mahindra man three tenths behind Antonelli on the Honda. Third fastest on the final day, Karel Hanika led the trio of Red Bull KTM Ajo riders, less than a tenth of a second separating Hanika, Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira.

A large contingent of riders rode without a timing transponder, however, keeping their cards close to their chest. Fabio Quartararo continued to work in the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team, while Danny Kent, Efren Vazquez, Romano Fenati, Enea Bastianini and Maria Herrera also continued preparation for 2015 without officially recording a time.

All times courtesy of GPOne.com

Moto2 

Pos Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 Tito Rabat Kalex 1:34.884    
2 Johann Zarco Kalex 1:34.979 0.095 0.095
3 Jonas Folger Kalex 1:35.006 0.122 0.027
4 Luis Salom Kalex 1:35.201 0.317 0.195
5 Xavier Simeon Kalex 1:35.475 0.591 0.274
6 Marcel Schrotter Mistral 1:35.494 0.610 0.019
7 Mika Kallio Kalex 1:35.500 0.616 0.006
8 Alex Rins Kalex 1:35.546 0.662 0.046
9 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 1:35.655 0.771 0.109
10 Axel Pons Kalex 1:35.766 0.882 0.111
11 Julian Simon Speed Up 1:35.907 1.023 0.141
12 Alex Marquez Kalex 1:35.964 1.080 0.057
13 Anthony West Speed Up 1:35.965 1.081 0.001
14 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1:36.054 1.170 0.089
15 Ricky Cardus Mistral 1:36.283 1.399 0.229
16 Edgar Pons Kalex 1:36.334 1.450 0.051
17 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 1:36.341 1.457 0.007
18 Thitipong Warokorn Kalex 1:36.892 2.008 0.551
19 Randy Krummenacher   1:37.019 2.135 0.127
20 Azlan Shah Kalex 1:37.135 2.251 0.116
21 Steven Odendaal Kalex 1:37.498 2.614 0.363
22 Jesko Raffin Kalex 1:37.846 2.962 0.348

Moto3

Pos Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 Niccol Antonelliò Honda 1:39.183    
2 Francesco Bagnaia Mahindra 1:39.487 0.304 0.304
3 Karel Hanika KTM 1:39.519 0.336 0.032
4 Brad Binder KTM 1:39.533 0.350 0.014
5 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:39.599 0.416 0.066
6 Juan Guevara Mahindra 1:39.718 0.535 0.119
7 Niklas Ajo Ktm 1:39.901 0.718 0.183
8 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 1:40.043 0.860 0.142
9 Jules Danilo Honda 1:40.161 0.978 0.118
10 Jorge Martin Mahindra 1:40.191 1.008 0.030
11 Ana Carrasco KTM 1:40.702 1.519 0.511

Press releases from the teams after the test:


FIRST 2015 PREPARATIONS END POSITIVELY FOR BASTIANINI AT VALENCIA

The first 2015 winter test session came to an end today at Valencia for the team Gresini Racing Moto3, with Enea Bastianini who was again on track to discover the new Honda NSF250RW that he will use the next season.

After making his debut yesterday aboard the Honda Moto3 machine, today the 16-year-old Italian rider, albeit feverish, completed another 53 laps continuing to work on the bike set-up in order to acquire a better feeling.

The team will be back on track with Bastianini at Almeria on 24th and 25th of November for another two-day test.

ENEA BASTIANINI

“Today we continued to discover this new bike, making some other changes to the set-up in an effort to improve my feeling with the bike. I can be satisfied with the work, because at the end of the day I felt really comfortable. Obviously given that so far I’ve been riding the Honda only for two days, there is still much work to do, also from the riding style side. I had to change the way I ride and the upcoming test at Almeria will be important to improve also from this point of view”.


Rabat smashes the outright lap record at Valencia

Valencia, Spain – 18 November 2014: Tito Rabat was again the fastest rider on the final day of testing at Valencia, with the reigning Moto2 World Champion breaking the outright lap record with a time of 1’34.844.

The Team Estrella Galicia Marc VDS rider declared himself satisfied with the progress he and his crew made with the 2015 Kalex Moto2 machine, which differs significantly from the 2014 version that took Rabat to the World Championship win this season.

Alex Marquez today continued his adaptation to the Kalex Moto2 bike he’ll campaign for Team Estrella Galicia Marc VDS in 2015. The reigning Moto3 World Champion again made a significant step forward, to finish just one second off the time of his more experienced teammate, despite two minor crashes.

Rabat and Marquez now have a few days break from riding, before heading to Almeria for the final test of the 2014 season next week.

Tito Rabat // 1st // 1’34.844

“We’ve had two really productive days here at Valencia and my feeling with the 2015 Kalex is really good. We have tested a lot of things again today, but I’ve also had to adapt slightly my riding style to get more from the bike, and that’s worked well here too. My pace was good, my rhythm was good and my lap time was good, so I’m happy. Now we head to Almeria, where we will continue working to find further imrpovements.”

Alex Marquez // 14th // 1’35.964

“Today we’ve again done some good work, continuing to adapt to the Moto2 bike step by step, which was our goal. The riding style required for Moto2 is very different to that in Moto3. With the small bike you carry a lot of corner speed, but with the Moto2 bike you need to be more aggressive on the brakes, get the bike stopped and then pick it up on the gas. We’re going in the right direction, as can be seen from the fact we’re now only a second from Tito, but the two crashes knocked my confidence a little and building it back up lost us some time. Now we need to continue in the same direction in Almeria, where I hope we can close the gap to Tito even further.”

Michael Bartholemy // Team Principal

“Tito has wasted no time adapting to the 2015 Kalex; basically he just jumped on it and was fast straight away, as we pretty much expected him to be. He was under the outright lap record today despite the track temperature being quite cool, so already we can see that the bike has improved and Tito has figured out how to get the best from the improvements. I’m sure he’ll be looking to break his own lap record at Almeria next week too! Alex’s approach to adapting his riding style to our Moto2 bike has been steady and methodical, which is exactly the right way to do it. He has worked with his crew to understand the bike better and we’ve seen him improve his lap time with every exit, so he’s heading in exactly the right direction. As he gets more kilometres under him his confidence will increase and with confidence comes pace.”


SIMEON WRAPS UP TWO DAYS OF INTENSE TESTING AT VALENCIA

Xavier Siméon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 completed today in Valencia the first two days of winter testing ahead of the 2015 season: the 25-year-old Belgian rider was able to deepen the knowledge of the Kalex chassis, improving his lap times from yesterday making 70 laps of the Ricardo Tormo circuit.

The next test fot the team is now scheduled at Almeria on 24th and 25th of November.

XAVIER SIMEON

“We have completed these first two days of testing in a very positive way: our lap times have improved and especially my feeling with the bike has increased a lot. There is still work to do, of course: we don’t know yet very well the Kalex and certainly our experience from this point of view is much less compared to Rabat, for example, but nevertheless we were fast and this is encouraging. We continued to work on the bike set-up trying different solutions and we found some that are good, some not; a very successful experience anyway, that we will continue to do in the upcoming Almeria testing session”.


Bagnaia sets second fastest time at Valencia

MAPFRE Aspar rider returns after missing first day with a stomach virus to complete 67 laps with excellent results

After enduring some disastrous weather last week at Jerez the Moto2 and Moto3 riders were back on track in much more favourable conditions today for more testing at Valencia, where they were joined on track by a handful of Superbikes. The track was open from 10am to 5pm, with specific sessions for the individual classes in the middle of the day. With some teams still to go to Almería and others perhaps to Alcarrás, the Valencia test for the majority of teams represents a final opportunity to make developments before taking a well-earned break for the winter.

Pecco Bagnaia missed the first day of the test because of a stomach virus but the Italian youngster was able to make up for lost time today, clocking up 67 laps and establishing a solid and consistent rhythm, with an impressive best lap time of 1'39.487 – the second fastest of the day. Juanfran Guevara was only three tenths off the pace of his new team-mate, the Spaniard still suffering from a sprain to his right ankle that he suffered in a crash yesterday but able to complete 23 laps today as he evaluated a chassis evolution. MAPFRE Aspar Team rookie Jorge Martín's day got off to a slow start due to a problem with his engine but he was able to get out on track in the afternoon and make some steps forward with general set-up.

Francesco Bagnaia 1.39.487 (67 laps): “We managed to complete a lot of laps today, the majority of them productive. It was a shame I couldn't ride yesterday because of the stomach virus and I still wasn't 100% today. Even though I had a headache I was able to work all day and we gathered a lot of information. I like the bike more every time I ride it and the team is helping me to improve the way I work, so we are all very happy. We are gradually building a solid foundation and hopefully we can continue like this. I have felt comfortable with my technical staff from the very beginning and we are already starting to see the effect of that on track.”

Juanfran Guevara 1.39.718 (23 laps): “We went a little quicker today than we managed yesterday. It was a shame that we crashed yesterday and suffered the sprain because it affected our work today. The good thing is that we were able to test an evolution of the 2014 chassis, more in the direction of what the chassis will be like next year, and it responds well. I feel comfortable on it and it seems like it has a lot of potential. We couldn't ride much because of the injury to my right ankle but we were able to get an idea of what we will be working with next year in terms of the chassis. Even though we didn't manage many laps the feeling was good and now we have to focus on recovering as quickly as possible before the next test.”

Jorge Martín 1.40.191 (28 laps): “Today has been a bit of a strange day. At first the engine wasn't working properly, it was down on power and we couldn't set the lap times we were aiming for. Then after a few laps we had another problem that set us back because we had to stop for a while. Luckily I was able to continue working with Juanfran's bike. I felt comfortable from the start but we only managed a few laps and didn't get too much work done. We made a change to the front to combat the chatter and the results were positive. Every day we are getting faster with this bike so I am happy.”


Johann Zarco enjoys dry track time with Kalex

New Ajo Motorsport Moto2 project complete last two days of testing in Valencia this year, with the Frenchman pleased with feeling.

11/18/2014 - Comunitat Valenciana circuit, Spain

The Ajo Motorsport Moto2 project for 2015, with the competitive collaboration of Kalex and WP Suspension, today completed the stage of the preseason prior to the annual winter break. Johann Zarco was able to refine his setup and draw conclusions in dry conditions. Two days of testing in Valencia served to make for lost track time from last week, when rain disrupted testing in Jerez.

Whilst acknowledging that yesterday he did not ride at his best, the Frenchman finished with a good taste in his mouth on the last day of testing. An important step forward placed him consistently among the fastest in the Moto2 class. This was the fourth day that he had ridden using the Kalex chassis, but this was no impediment to Zarco becoming the second fastest rider of the day. Pleased with his results, he nevertheless recognises that he still has room for improvement.

With the three-day test last week in Jerez and these two days on track in Valencia, the Ajo Motorsport Moto2 project end their track time for 2014. Zarco will not be back onboard the Kalex until after the winter break ends, and will be waiting for the first test of 2015 in February.

Aki Ajo - Team Manager

"Once again, we’ve had two good days of testing in Valencia. Of the five days of testing that we had planned, we have been able to work on four. We can say that this has been a very good start to our new Moto2 project. These have been important days for bringing the team together, and both the staff and the rider are getting to know each other. The results have also been very satisfying. Johann [Zarco] has been very consistent with his work, improving every day and setting amazing lap times.

We still have to continue working, because this is a new project for us, but we have a very good feeling about next season. We have the opportunity to continue working hard during the winter break and arrive at the first test in February even better prepared."


Fabio Quartararo and Maria Herrera debut in Valencia

Both Repsol riders begin preparations for the 2015 preseason, completing two days of testing at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.

Two days of testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit de la Comunitat Valencia saw the debut of Fabio Quartararo as a World Championship rider and the first outing for Repsol rider Maria Herrera with her new team. The French and Spanish riders used these private testing days to accumulate miles and experience with their new bikes. Jorge Navarro must wait to get back onboard his Moto3 machine, as he returned home to rest up after a heavy crash two days ago.

Last Sunday Fabio Quartararo left the Ricardo Tormo circuit victorious in both FIM CEV Repsol races held there, and just a day later the Frenchman began his Moto3 World Championship career at the same track. Quartararo and his new crew completed 127 laps (507km) of the Valencia track, providing the team with valuable information for the development of the bike that they will use next season.

Maria Herrera spent the two days of testing getting used to the new bike with which she will ride in the World Championship in Moto3, and to the crew who will accompany her on this new adventure. The young rider was satisfied with the work done over these two days and with her feeling on the bike ‒which allowed her to set good times from the get-go with her new Moto3 machine.

Fabio Quartararo

"These two days of testing at Valencia have been very productive. The aim was mainly to get to know the crew and test the improvements Honda have made to our bike for the new season. I really liked riding with World Championship riders and seeing my level compared to them on track. The feeling overall has been very good".

Maria Herrera

"I am very happy because this test has been a good introduction to the new bike. Yesterday I felt very comfortable, right from the first laps. The feeling was very good when it came to braking and I could ride fast. Today we focused on getting a good pace going while testing new parts on the bike. Now we will rest a bit and prepare our fitness for the new season ‒and for the tests in February".


Race Details
2014
Tito Rabat continued his rule of the Moto2 class at Valencia by ending the final day of testing on top of the timesheets and under the pole record at the Spanish circuit. The newly-crowned 2014 champion spent all day working on set up of the 2015 Kalex machine he will be riding for the Marc VDS team next season. Rabat finished just ahead of Johann Zarco, the Frenchman adapting quickly to the Kalex frame in the new Ajo Motosport team. Jonas Folger was close behind, starting his second year with the AGR team.Alex Rins once again won the battle of the rookies, this time by a clear margin. The HP Pons rider adapted quickly, posting an impressive eighth-fastest time, just two thirds of a second off the time of Rabat. Alex Marquez had a rougher time, crashing twice without any injury, other than to his confidence. The reigning Moto3 champion ended the day in twelfth, just over a second behind his Marc VDS teammate Rabat.

2014 Valencia MotoGP Wednesday Final Test Times: Marquez Leads Close Top 6

Marc Marquez has ended the final day of testing at Valencia on top of the timesheets, and leaves for the winter as the fastest overall. The Repsol Honda rider spent most of the day trying the 2015 prototype RC213V, but jumped back on the 2014 bike at the end of the day to set the fastest lap. He ended a tenth quicker than his Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, and two tenths quicker than Yamaha man Jorge Lorenzo.

Lorenzo led an entire gaggle of Yamahas, the Movistar Yamaha rider ending ahead of Monster Tech 3's Pol Espargaro, factory man Valentino Rossi, and Espargaro's satellite teammate Bradley Smith. 

Danilo Petrucci caused a surprise, ending the day in 7th, ahead of the satellite Hondas and as fastest of the Pramac Ducatis. Petrucci was a tenth quicker than Cal Crutchlow, who spent the day looking for rear grip from the LCR Honda. Yonny Hernandez was 9th on the second Pramac Ducati, ending the day just ahead of Aleix Espargaro, who was exactly 1 second behind Marc Marquez. Suzuki's test debut was generally acclaimed a success, with both riders heaping praise on the handling of the bike.

Times from Wednesday are below, the overall best times of the test appear below that.

Wednesday times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:30.973    
2 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:31.119 0.146 0.146
3 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:31.164 0.191 0.045
4 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 1:31.288 0.315 0.124
5 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:31.301 0.328 0.013
6 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 1:31.365 0.392 0.064
7 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 1:31.665 0.692 0.300
8 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:31.774 0.801 0.109
9 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14.2 1:31.914 0.941 0.140
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 1:31.973 1.000 0.059
11 8 Hector Barbera Ducati Open 1:32.007 1.034 0.034
12 51 Michelle Pirro Ducati GP14.2 1:32.113 1.140 0.106
13 69 Nicky Hayden Honda RC213V-RS 1:32.173 1.200 0.060
14 45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 1:32.621 1.648 0.448
15 6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 1:32.784 1.811 0.163
16 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1:32.810 1.837 0.026
17 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati Open 1:32.922 1.949 0.112
18 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 1:33.216 2.243 0.294
19 76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 1:33.486 2.513 0.270
20 50 Eugene Laverty Honda RCV1000R 1:33.509 2.536 0.023
21 43 Jack Miller Honda RCV1000R 1:33.746 2.773 0.237
22 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 1:34.336 3.363 0.590

 

Overall times over all three days:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev Day
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:30.973     Wed
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:30.975 0.002 0.002 Mon
3 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 1:31.118 0.145 0.143 Mon
4 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:31.119 0.146 0.001 Wed
5 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 1:31.204 0.231 0.085 Mon
6 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:31.250 0.277 0.046 Mon
7 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati GP14.2 1:31.465 0.492 0.215 Mon
8 5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP14.2 1:31.644 0.671 0.179 Mon
9 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 1:31.665 0.692 0.021 Wed
10 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:31.774 0.801 0.109 Wed
11 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14.2 1:31.914 0.941 0.140 Wed
12 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 1:31.973 1.000 0.059 Wed
13 8 Hector Barbera Ducati Open 1:32.007 1.034 0.034 Mon
14 51 Michelle Pirro Ducati GP14.2 1:32.054 1.081 0.047 Mon
15 69 Nicky Hayden Honda RC213V-RS 1:32.173 1.200 0.119 Wed
16 6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 1:32.209 1.236 0.036 Mon
17 45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 1:32.621 1.648 0.412 Wed
18 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1:32.810 1.837 0.189 Wed
19 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati Open 1:32.922 1.949 0.112 Wed
20 15 Alex De Angelis ART 1:33.132 2.159 0.210 Mon
21 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 1:33.216 2.243 0.084 Wed
22 17 Karel Abraham Honda RC213V-RS 1:33.446 2.473 0.230 Mon
23 76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 1:33.486 2.513 0.040 Wed
24 50 Eugene Laverty Honda RCV1000R 1:33.509 2.536 0.023 Wed
25 43 Jack Miller Honda RCV1000R 1:33.746 2.773 0.237 Wed
26 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 1:34.336 3.363 0.590 Wed
27 66 Alex Hofmann Aprilia 1:35.646 4.673 1.310 Mon

 

Race Details
2014
Marc Marquez has ended the final day of testing at Valencia on top of the timesheets, and leaves for the winter as the fastest overall. The Repsol Honda rider spent most of the day trying the 2015 prototype RC213V, but jumped back on the 2014 bike at the end of the day to set the fastest lap. He ended a tenth quicker than his Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, and two tenths quicker than Yamaha man Jorge Lorenzo.Lorenzo led an entire gaggle of Yamahas, the Movistar Yamaha rider ending ahead of Monster Tech 3's Pol Espargaro, factory man Valentino Rossi, and Espargaro's satellite teammate Bradley Smith. Danilo Petrucci caused a surprise, ending the day in 7th, ahead of the satellite Hondas and as fastest of the Pramac Ducatis. Petrucci was a tenth quicker than Cal Crutchlow, who spent the day looking for rear grip from the LCR Honda. Yonny Hernandez was 9th on the second Pramac Ducati, ending the day just ahead of Aleix Espargaro, who was exactly 1 second behind Marc Marquez. Suzuki's test debut was generally acclaimed a success, with both riders heaping praise on the handling of the bike.

2014 Valencia MotoGP Wednesday Test Times 3:30pm - Pedrosa Fastest As Aleix Espargaro Impresses

Times from the last day of the Valencia test, at 3:30pm 

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:31.119    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:31.164 0.045 0.045
3 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:31.376 0.257 0.212
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:31.476 0.357 0.100
5 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 1:31.519 0.400 0.043
6 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 1:31.973 0.854 0.454
7 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:32.072 0.953 0.099
8 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 1:32.101 0.982 0.029
9 51 Michelle Pirro Ducati GP14.2 1:32.113 0.994 0.012
10 8 Hector Barbera Ducati Open 1:32.329 1.210 0.216
11 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14.2 1:32.590 1.471 0.261
12 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 1:32.873 1.754 0.283
13 69 Nicky Hayden Honda RC213V-RS 1:32.895 1.776 0.022
14 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1:33.063 1.944 0.168
15 45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 1:33.208 2.089 0.145
16 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati Open 1:33.252 2.133 0.044
17 6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 1:33.330 2.211 0.078
18 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 1:33.572 2.453 0.242
19 50 Eugene Laverty Honda RCV1000R 1:33.998 2.879 0.426
20 76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 1:34.033 2.914 0.035
21 43 Jack Miller Honda RCV1000R 1:34.126 3.007 0.093
22 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 1:34.531 3.412 0.405
Race Details
2014
Times from the last day of the Valencia test, at 3:30pm 

2014 Valencia MotoGP Wednesday Test Times 2pm: Lorenzo Leads As Track Improves

Jorge Lorenzo tops the timesheets at 2pm on the final day of testing at Valencia, leading a very close group consisting of the two Repsol Hondas, the two Movistar Yamahas and the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha of Pol Espargaro. Both Honda and Yamaha are giving their 2015 bikes a run out, Nicky Hayden is out on the RC213V-RS, while the rest of the field are growing accustomed to their new mounts. Stefan Bradl and Loris Baz are testing Kayaba suspension, and evaluating them for use next season.

Testing started in silence, the track still far too wet from yesterday's rain. But the sun came out and the wind picked up, and riders hit the track shortly before twelve. Michele Pirro was the first rider out, the Ducati test rider testing conditions and helping to create a dry line. Conditions are now good, the track getting warmer as it goes on.

Times at 2pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:31.464    
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:31.492 0.028 0.028
3 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 1:31.552 0.088 0.060
4 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:31.601 0.137 0.049
5 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:31.608 0.144 0.007
6 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:32.072 0.608 0.464
7 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 1:32.194 0.730 0.122
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 1:32.212 0.748 0.018
9 8 Hector Barbera Ducati Open 1:32.329 0.865 0.117
10 51 Michelle Pirro Ducati GP14.2 1:32.495 1.031 0.166
11 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14.2 1:32.860 1.396 0.365
12 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 1:32.873 1.409 0.013
13 69 Nicky Hayden Honda RC213V-RS 1:33.116 1.652 0.243
14 45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 1:33.565 2.101 0.449
15 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati Open 1:33.669 2.205 0.104
16 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1:33.836 2.372 0.167
17 6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 1:33.852 2.388 0.016
18 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 1:34.175 2.711 0.323
19 50 Eugene Laverty Honda RCV1000R 1:34.210 2.746 0.035
20 76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 1:34.311 2.847 0.101
21 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 1:34.583 3.119 0.272
22 43 Jack Miller Honda RCV1000R 1:34.685 3.221 0.102
23 4 Ducati Test Rider Ducati GP14.2 1:36.209 4.745 1.524

 

Race Details
2014
Jorge Lorenzo tops the timesheets at 2pm on the final day of testing at Valencia, leading a very close group consisting of the two Repsol Hondas, the two Movistar Yamahas and the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha of Pol Espargaro. Both Honda and Yamaha are giving their 2015 bikes a run out, Nicky Hayden is out on the RC213V-RS, while the rest of the field are growing accustomed to their new mounts. Stefan Bradl and Loris Baz are testing Kayaba suspension, and evaluating them for use next season.Testing started in silence, the track still far too wet from yesterday's rain. But the sun came out and the wind picked up, and riders hit the track shortly before twelve. Michele Pirro was the first rider out, the Ducati test rider testing conditions and helping to create a dry line. Conditions are now good, the track getting warmer as it goes on.Times at 2pm:

2014 Valencia MotoGP Tuesday Test Times Final: Petrucci Fastest On Soaking Track

Only ten riders ventured out on the wet track at Valencia, the rain coming and going all day long leaving the track soaked. Danilo Petrucci ended the day as fastest, posting a quick time when conditions let up a fraction. Scott Redding and Alvaro Bautista did a lot of laps, Redding wanting the time in the wet, Bautista familiarizing himself with a new bike in the wet. 

The weather forecast is much better for Wednesday, with all of the riders hoping for a full day of testing to complete their test plan.

Times at the end of the day:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 1:42.431    
2 69 Nicky Hayden Honda RC213V-RS 1:43.598 1.167 1.167
3 45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 1:43.813 1.382 0.215
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:43.813 1.382 0.000
5 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1:43.827 1.396 0.014
6 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14.2 1:44.432 2.001 0.605
7 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 1:44.873 2.442 0.441
8 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:45.715 3.284 0.842
9 76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 1:46.143 3.712 0.428
10 50 Eugene Laverty Honda RCV1000R 1:46.871 4.440 0.728

 

Race Details
2014
Only ten riders ventured out on the wet track at Valencia, the rain coming and going all day long leaving the track soaked. Danilo Petrucci ended the day as fastest, posting a quick time when conditions let up a fraction. Scott Redding and Alvaro Bautista did a lot of laps, Redding wanting the time in the wet, Bautista familiarizing himself with a new bike in the wet. The weather forecast is much better for Wednesday, with all of the riders hoping for a full day of testing to complete their test plan.Times at the end of the day:

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
Race Details
2014
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:

2014 Valencia MotoGP Monday Test Times Final: Yamahas Flying As Rookies Debut

Jorge Lorenzo topped the first day of the test at Valencia, leading a Yamaha clean sweep of the timesheets. Lorenzo ended the day just ahead of the two Monster Tech 3 Yamahas, with his Movistar Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi bringing up the rear.

Andrea Iannone was the fastest Ducati, making his debut in the factory Ducati team, but the Ducati riders had nothing new to test, the new bike coming only at Sepang in February. Both Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso leave Valencia tonight, and will not ride tomorrow.

Cal Crutchlow led the riders who swapped bikes, ending two tenths quicker than his fastest lap of the race on Sunday, and ahead of Michele Pirro on the test Ducati, and Yonny Hernandez on the Pramac bike. Stefan Bradl tried the Forward Yamaha for the first time, also beating his race time from Sunday by three tenths of a second.

The test saw the debut of two new manufacturers, both Suzuki and Aprilia taking to the track. The Suzukis were immediately impressive, Aleix Espargaro setting the 14th fastest time, but just 1.3 seconds off the pace of Lorenzo, and over a second quicker than Randy De Puniet had been in the test. The Aprilia factory riders Marco Melandri and Alvaro Bautista only took to the track at the very end of the test, after Aprilia test rider Alex Hofmann had given the bikes a shakedown. 

Jack Miller also made his debut on a MotoGP bike, after his title challenge in Moto3 had fallen just short on Sunday. The Australian put in a lot of laps and made big strides during the day, ending 3.6 seconds off the pace of Lorenzo. 

The Moto3 champion Alex Marquez also put in a few laps on the factory Honda RC213V together with his brother Marc. The times the pair recorded were irrelevant to the proceedings, the ride being a reward for Alex Marquez winning the Moto3 title.

Final times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:30.975    
2 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 1:31.118 0.143 0.143
3 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 1:31.204 0.229 0.086
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:31.250 0.275 0.046
5 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati GP14.2 1:31.465 0.490 0.215
6 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:31.602 0.627 0.137
7 5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP14.2 1:31.644 0.669 0.042
8 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:31.847 0.872 0.203
9 51 Michelle Pirro Ducati GP14.2 1:32.054 1.079 0.207
10 35 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14.2 1:32.146 1.171 0.092
11 8 Hector Barbera Ducati Open 1:32.190 1.215 0.044
12 6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 1:32.209 1.234 0.019
13 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 1:32.314 1.339 0.105
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 1:32.315 1.340 0.001
15 45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 1:32.998 2.023 0.683
16 15 Alex De Angelis ART 1:33.132 2.157 0.134
17 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 1:33.268 2.293 0.136
18 17 Karel Abraham Honda RC213V-RS 1:33.446 2.471 0.178
19 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati Open 1:33.594 2.619 0.148
20 76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 1:33.834 2.859 0.240
21 50 Eugene Laverty Honda RCV1000R 1:34.320 3.345 0.486
22 43 Jack Miller Honda RCV1000R 1:34.633 3.658 0.313
23 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1:34.919 3.944 0.286
24 66 Alex Hofmann Aprilia 1:35.646 4.671 0.727
25 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 1:35.959 4.984 0.313

 

Race Details
2014
Jorge Lorenzo topped the first day of the test at Valencia, leading a Yamaha clean sweep of the timesheets. Lorenzo ended the day just ahead of the two Monster Tech 3 Yamahas, with his Movistar Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi bringing up the rear.Andrea Iannone was the fastest Ducati, making his debut in the factory Ducati team, but the Ducati riders had nothing new to test, the new bike coming only at Sepang in February. Both Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso leave Valencia tonight, and will not ride tomorrow.Cal Crutchlow led the riders who swapped bikes, ending two tenths quicker than his fastest lap of the race on Sunday, and ahead of Michele Pirro on the test Ducati, and Yonny Hernandez on the Pramac bike. Stefan Bradl tried the Forward Yamaha for the first time, also beating his race time from Sunday by three tenths of a second.The test saw the debut of two new manufacturers, both Suzuki and Aprilia taking to the track. The Suzukis were immediately impressive, Aleix Espargaro setting the 14th fastest time, but just 1.3 seconds off the pace of Lorenzo, and over a second quicker than Randy De Puniet had been in the test. The Aprilia factory riders Marco Melandri and Alvaro Bautista only took to the track at the very end of the test, after Aprilia test rider Alex Hofmann had given the bikes a shakedown. 

2014 Valencia MotoGP Monday Test Times 4pm

Times at 4pm:

No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:30.975    
38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 1:31.204 0.229 0.229
44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 1:31.267 0.292 0.063
46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:31.312 0.337 0.045
26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:31.602 0.627 0.290
29 Andrea Iannone Ducati GP14.2 1:31.654 0.679 0.052
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP14.2 1:31.673 0.698 0.019
35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:31.927 0.952 0.254
6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 1:32.259 1.284 0.332
8 Hector Barbera Ducati Open 1:32.283 1.308 0.024
35 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14.2 1:32.374 1.399 0.091
41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 1:32.393 1.418 0.019
51 Michelle Pirro Ducati GP14.2 1:32.419 1.444 0.026
9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 1:32.510 1.535 0.091
15 Alex De Angelis ART 1:33.192 2.217 0.682
45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 1:33.356 2.381 0.164
25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 1:33.512 2.537 0.156
17 Karel Abraham Honda RC213V-RS 1:33.699 2.724 0.187
76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 1:33.834 2.859 0.135
63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati Open 1:34.213 3.238 0.379
50 Eugene Laverty Honda RCV1000R 1:34.503 3.528 0.290
43 Jack Miller Honda RCV1000R 1:35.122 4.147 0.619
66 Alex Hofmann Aprilia 1:35.646 4.671 0.524
Race Details
2014
Times at 4pm:

2014 Valencia MotoGP Monday Test Times 3pm: Lorenzo Leads Yamaha Onslaught, Rookies Debut

The 2015 season has kicked off at Valencia with the first day of the test. Riders took to the track shortly after noon, with Aleix Espargaro the first man out on track on the Suzuki.

Jorge Lorenzo currently leads a trio of Yamahas, with a brace of Ducatis following. Cal Crutchlow is 0.3 slower on the LCR Honda than he was on the Ducati during the race, but is picking up speed quickly. The man whose place he took, Stefan Bradl, is a tenth slower on the Forward Yamaha than he was on the Honda. Maverick Vinales is adapting to MotoGP quickly, three seconds off the pace of Lorenzo, but still a good time for his first run on a MotoGP bike. Jack Miller is four seconds slower than Lorenzo, but has a lot more to learn. 

The test finishes at 5pm on Monday.

Times at 2:55pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:30.975    
2 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 1:31.204 0.229 0.229
3 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 1:31.341 0.366 0.137
4 5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP14.2 1:31.841 0.866 0.500
5 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati GP14.2 1:32.151 1.176 0.310
6 8 Hector Barbera Ducati Open 1:32.283 1.308 0.132
7 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:32.337 1.362 0.054
8 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14.2 1:32.374 1.399 0.037
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 1:32.393 1.418 0.019
10 6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 1:32.633 1.658 0.240
11 51 Michelle Pirro Ducati GP14.2 1:32.687 1.712 0.054
12 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 1:32.871 1.896 0.184
13 15 Alex De Angelis ART 1:33.192 2.217 0.321
14 17 Karel Abraham Honda RC213V-RS 1:33.699 2.724 0.507
15 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 1:34.031 3.056 0.332
16 45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 1:34.324 3.349 0.293
17 76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 1:34.721 3.746 0.397
18 43 Jack Miller Honda RCV1000R 1:35.122 4.147 0.401
19 66 Alex Hofmann Aprilia 1:35.646 4.671 0.524
20 50 Eugene Laverty Honda RCV1000R 1:36.281 5.306 0.635

 

Race Details
2014
The 2015 season has kicked off at Valencia with the first day of the test. Riders took to the track shortly after noon, with Aleix Espargaro the first man out on track on the Suzuki.Jorge Lorenzo currently leads a trio of Yamahas, with a brace of Ducatis following. Cal Crutchlow is 0.3 slower on the LCR Honda than he was on the Ducati during the race, but is picking up speed quickly. The man whose place he took, Stefan Bradl, is a tenth slower on the Forward Yamaha than he was on the Honda. Maverick Vinales is adapting to MotoGP quickly, three seconds off the pace of Lorenzo, but still a good time for his first run on a MotoGP bike. Jack Miller is four seconds slower than Lorenzo, but has a lot more to learn. The test finishes at 5pm on Monday.Times at 2:55pm:

2014 Valencia MotoGP Race Result: Mastery Of Precarious Conditions

Full recap and results below.

Riding in front of 100,000 adoring fans Marc Marquez has rubber-stamped his dominance of the MotoGP class and taken a record breaking 13th victory of the season following a treacherous final race at Valencia. The Spaniard excelled in tricky conditions as light rain fell during the race on a number of occasions, Marquez took over at the front of the race on lap ten, setting a number of fastest laps in the process. While dark clouds initially hovered over the riders as they sat on the grid, light spots of rain fell over the course of the opening lap as white flags were displayed by circuit marshals.

Valentino Rossi lead the race early on as he and Andrea Iannone both made excellent starts from the front row in the slippery conditions; he eventually crossed the line in second place over three seconds behind Marquez. Rain fell again on lap 20 and gave Rossi a glimmer of hope as he began to close the gap to the World Champion but once the track dried out again Marquez was able to reestablish his advantage. Dani Pedrosa never quite got a handle on the conditions and after a difficult start to the race he had to be satisfied with eventually taking the final podium place a further ten seconds behind Rossi.

Andrea Dovizioso won the factory Ducati battle to take fourth place, edging out his departing team mate Cal Crutchlow by by seven hundredths of a second. Pol Espargaro claimed sibling bragging rights as he crossed the line ahead of his brother Aleix in the battle for sixth while Stefan Bradl, Michele Pirro and Scott Redding rounded out the top ten. Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Iannone were the only riders to enter the pit lane and change onto their spare bikes when the second rain shower fell, it proved to be a costly gamble as the rain disappeared and the track dried out again, Lorenzo was forced to retire with shredded wet weather tires and Iannone finished the race dead last.

Full Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 46'39.627
2 20 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 3.516
3 16 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 14.040
4 13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 16.705
5 11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati 16.773
6 10 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 37.884
7 9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 38.168
8 8 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 41.803
9 7 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 45.710
10 6 45 Scott REDDING Honda 51.191
11 5 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 56.512
12 4 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 57.000
13 3 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 57.262
14 2 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 57.517
15 1 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 58.775
16   19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 58.864
17   17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda +1'02.389
18   15 Alex DE ANGELIS Forward Yamaha +1'15.795
19   70 Michael LAVERTY PBM +1'26.309
20   23 Broc PARKES PBM +1'37.212
21   63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia 1 Lap
22   29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1 Lap
Not Classified
    99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 6 Laps
    14 Randy DE PUNIET Suzuki 18 Laps
    68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 21 Laps

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
18
2014

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