It has been a busy year for MotoGP Race Director Mike Webb. Since taking on the job of ensuring that MotoGP events take place safely and efficiently, stepping into the shoes vacated by Paul Butler at the start of the 2012 season, Webb has faced some tough decisions and unusual situations, his second year in the job even more eventful than the first.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams which stayed on for the third and final day of testing at Valencia:
Marquez finishes season on top
MotoGP in 2013 has come to an end with World Champion Marc Marquez the fastest on the final day in Valencia. Marc’s lap time of 1'30.287, taken on lap 54 of 56, is just 0.05s off his record breaking pole position lap from last weekend (1'30.237). Teammate Dani Pedrosa was 4th on this final day’s testing with a time of 1'30.992 on lap 32 of 70.
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.
Times at 2:30pm:
The track was a lot busier on Tuesday at Valencia, after the halfhearted beginning to MotoGP testing on Monday afternoon. A group of well-rested riders took to the track to get prepared for the 2014 onslaught, and take the first steps on the road to a new season. Some familiar faces, some new faces, but also a couple of new bikes, with the Yamaha FTR machines run by Forward Racing making their debut on the track, and Nicky Hayden getting his first taste of the Honda RCV1000R.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the second day of testing at Valencia:
Yamaha Sign off for 2013 in Valencia
Valencia (Spain), 12th November 2013
Yamaha Factory Racing wrapped up their final day of on-track work for 2013 today in the second of the three days of official testing at Valencia. Riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi will not continue to ride tomorrow having completed the testing schedule required by Yamaha.
Marc Marquez topped the timesheets on the second day of the MotoGP test at Valencia, the newly-crowned world champion posting a very fast time at the end of the day to open a gap between himself and Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo had been closing the gap on Marquez, but in the end, the Repsol Honda man was over two tenths faster than the Yamaha man. Marquez had divided his time between three bikes: the 2013 machine, the 2014 bike as tested at Misano, and a brand new version of the 2014 bike. Lorenzo, in turn, had alternated between 2013 and 2014 versions of the Yamaha M1.
The Bridgestone press office issued the following press release, detailing the performance of the new hard rear tire the firm brought to Valencia, and their testing plans for the 2014 season:
Valencia MotoGP™ debrief with Shinji Aoki
Monday 11 November 2013
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Extra-soft & Soft. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main) & Hard (Alternative)
There is a lot of activity out on track at Valencia, with nineteen riders having lapped since 10am this morning. After four hours of testing, Marc Marquez has the top time, having posted a blistering lap early in the day. Marquez sits ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, with the two satellite Hondas of Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl just over half a second off the time of Marquez.
Valentino Rossi leads a brace of Yamahas, a cecond behind Marquez and a tenth of a second ahead of Bradley Smith, while Andrea Iannone is once again top Ducati.