2013 Valencia Post-Race Test Day 3 Times: Marquez Ends Final Day Of Testing On Top

Marc Marquez has started 2014 the way he finished 2013: as the fastest MotoGP rider in the world. The newly-crowned world champion started the day off quickly and continued to improve, posting a fast time to extend his lead over the rest of the field. Marquez spent his day riding the 2014 prototype, and working on fuel consumption for the Honda RC213V.

Bradley Smith took an impressive second place, though the time he set was in qualifying trim with little fuel in the tank and pushing as hard as he could. He ended just three tenths behind Marquez, and a quarter of a second ahead of Stefan Bradl on the LCR Honda. Dani Pedrosa was 4th fastest, over seven tenths slower than his Repsol Honda teammate, while Alvaro Bautista was the last of the satellite Hondas, just under a second off the time set by Marquez.

Pol Espargaro ended his debut on the Monster Tech3 Yamaha a second and a quarter off the time of Marquez, making an impressive start to his MotoGP career. The intense rivalry between Smith and Pol will make for a competitive year. Andrea Iannone ended the day as the fastest Ducati, starting his season well to end ahead of the factor riders. Aleix Espargaro finished the final day of testing as the fastest rider in the Open class, under 1.4 seconds off Marquez a promising start to the new category, especially as he finished ahead of the two factory Ducati riders. Andrea Dovizioso was the faster of the two, but Cal Crutchlow was under two tenths off the time of his teammate, a good start under difficult circumstances. Nicky Hayden completed his first outing on Honda's production bike 1.8 seconds off Marquez' time, but faster than he had managed in the race on the Ducati. The factory Yamaha riders had already packed up on Tuesday night.

Testing is now completed, and all of the riders now head home for a well-earned rest. Some of the Open class teams will be joining the Ducati test team for a final outing at Jerez at the end of November, but most of them will only ride again at Sepang at the beginning of February next year.

Final times from testing:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Diff previous
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:30.287    
2 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1:30.598 0.311 0.311
3 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:30.868 0.581 0.270
4 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1:30.992 0.705 0.124
5 19 Alvaro Bautista Honda 1:31.229 0.942 0.237
6 40 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1:31.533 1.246 0.304
7 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1:31.594 1.307 0.061
8 41 Aleix Espargaro FTR Yamaha 1:31.644 1.357 0.050
9 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1:31.716 1.429 0.072
10 35 Cal Crutchlow Ducati 1:31.875 1.588 0.159
11 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1:31.883 1.596 0.008
12 69 Nicky Hayden Honda RCV1000R 1:32.123 1.836 0.240
13 7 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda RCV1000R 1:32.530 2.243 0.407
14 70 Michael Laverty PBM 1:33.055 2.768 0.525

 

Overall times after  all three days:

No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev. Day
93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:30.287     Wednesday
38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1:30.598 0.311 0.311 Wednesday
99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:30.768 0.481 0.170 Tuesday
6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:30.868 0.581 0.100 Wednesday
26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1:30.948 0.661 0.080 Tuesday
19 Alvaro Bautista Honda 1:31.208 0.921 0.260 Tuesday
46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:31.350 1.063 0.142 Monday
40 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1:31.533 1.246 0.183 Wednesday
29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1:31.594 1.307 0.061 Wednesday
41 Aleix Espargaro FTR Yamaha 1:31.644 1.357 0.050 Wednesday
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1:31.661 1.374 0.017 Tuesday
35 Cal Crutchlow Ducati 1:31.875 1.588 0.214 Wednesday
51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1:31.883 1.596 0.008 Wednesday
69 Nicky Hayden Honda RCV1000R 1:32.123 1.836 0.240 Wednesday
7 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda RCV1000R 1:32.530 2.243 0.407 Wednesday
68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati Open 1:32.745 2.458 0.215 Monday
70 Michael Laverty PBM 1:33.055 2.768 0.310 Wednesday
5 Colin Edwards FTR Yamaha 1:33.149 2.862 0.094 Tuesday
14 Randy De Puniet Aprilia ART 1:33.833 3.546 0.684 Tuesday
45 Scott Redding Honda RCV1000R 1:34.195 3.908 0.362 Monday
63 Mike Di Meglio FTR Kawasaki 1:34.618 4.331 0.423 Tuesday
44 Martin Bauer Suter BMW 1:35.115 4.828 0.497 Monday

 

Race Details
2014
Marc Marquez has started 2014 the way he finished 2013: as the fastest MotoGP rider in the world. The newly-crowned world champion started the day off quickly and continued to improve, posting a fast time to extend his lead over the rest of the field. Marquez spent his day riding the 2014 prototype, and working on fuel consumption for the Honda RC213V.Bradley Smith took an impressive second place, though the time he set was in qualifying trim with little fuel in the tank and pushing as hard as he could. He ended just three tenths behind Marquez, and a quarter of a second ahead of Stefan Bradl on the LCR Honda. Dani Pedrosa was 4th fastest, over seven tenths slower than his Repsol Honda teammate, while Alvaro Bautista was the last of the satellite Hondas, just under a second off the time set by Marquez.

Comments

"Working on fuel consumption"

"Working on fuel consumption" = ?
Staying on just one line
Smoother transitions with the throttle
Becoming a smaller and lighter rider
Lining up in a slip stream
PARADE LAPS. Thanks a bunch Honda Corporation, fabulous idea, I can't wait for your essential R&D on fuel efficiency taking place in racing filters down to my CBR, that'll sure sell! ;)

Total votes: 38

A luxury they can afford

HRC that is. Off season they can with general concensus test their kit with Stoner. How about that. In season they can do likewise. Stoner enjoys thrashing the thing and avoids the media. Win,win and win situation for them. I like the Yonny Hernandez deal as an aside. More fuel, more grunt, ECU spec. I like this open throttle bit. Now! If only Bridgestone and Dorna could agree to a tyre war, even within Bridgestone.....It can't be that difficult can it? Machinery war between Honda Factory,Yamaha Factory and Ducati Factory. Suspension Factory war,(In house HRC, Ohlins/Showa). Brembo/Nissin Factory war within one Manufacturer. Why the big deal about the tyre war? Are Bridgestone really scared that the Chinese will trounce them given the opportunity ? Sure the Chinese will capitalise and deliver given a sniff. Quality will be plain junk for approximately 6 months and then the established Michelin/Bridgestone/Dunlop etc will call foul. Certain riders will bitch incessantly about Chinese rubber advantage and accordingly contribute to the law of unintended consequences. Waiting in the wings...Ducati. Fix the tyre options,fix the bike and get the results. Tyre option fix is paramount for Ducati as it was back in the days of 990 and Loris.

Total votes: 30

Iannone

I hope Iannone has a better season in 2014. Loved watching him bully his way around the track in Moto2.

Total votes: 24

So Honda will keep bullying

So Honda will keep bullying the fuel limit down until nobody can run against 105lb Pedrosa?

Total votes: 16

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