2014 Barcelona MotoGP Test Times At 12am: Marquez Fastest In Morning

Testing is underway at the Circuit de Catalunya, the MotoGP riders not given a chance to recover from yesterday's thrilling race. Aleix Espargaro set the early pace, before Marc Marquez took over at the top just before noon. All eyes are on Suzuki, as the riders assess whether the bike can be competitive and a viable alternative for their current rides. Currently, Randy De Puniet is 3.7 seconds off the pace on the XRH-1.

The day started with a test of a revised layout, using the tight F1 double corner at La Caixa instead of the grand sweep of Turn 10. The test was done at the request of some of the riders in the safety commission, over concerns at a lack of run off at the end of the back straight. Turn 10 is the corner were the most crashes happen, but it is a signature corner for the Barcelona track, and it would be a tragedy to lose it.

Times at 12 noon:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1:41.770    
2 41 Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha 1:42.153 0.383 0.383
3 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:42.405 0.635 0.252
4 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1:42.608 0.838 0.203
5 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:42.610 0.840 0.002
6 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1:42.735 0.965 0.125
7 19 Alvaro Bautista Honda 1:42.966 1.196 0.231
8 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1:43.017 1.247 0.051
9 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1:43.108 1.338 0.091
10 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1:43.305 1.535 0.197
11 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1:43.418 1.648 0.113
12 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1:43.469 1.699 0.051
13 35 Cal Crutchlow Ducati 1:43.885 2.115 0.416
14 45 Scott Redding Honda 1:44.212 2.442 0.327
15 17 Karel Abraham Honda 1:44.485 2.715 0.273
16 5 Colin Edwards Forward Yamaha 1:45.048 3.278 0.563
17 70 Michael Laverty PBM 1:45.076 3.306 0.028
18 63 Mike Di Meglio Avintia 1:45.440 3.670 0.364
19 14 Randy De Puniet Suzuki 1:45.491 3.721 0.051
20 23 Broc Parkes PBM 1:45.534 3.764 0.043
21 77 Dominique Aegerter Avintia 1:46.905 5.135 1.371


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At first I thought that perhaps FP1 times would be the best comparison to measure De Puniet's performance against as the other riders have had an extra three days of riding at the circuit. It was disappointing to see that he would have only bettered Mike Di Meglio and Michel Fabrizio on the CRT machines.

Here's hoping that Suzuki can get it together...

Where's #46? Is Rossi not supposed to be riding today?

I'm not sure what to make of the Suzuki's time. The other guys have had three days riding and got the bikes and themselves dialled in to the track but Randy's time would be pretty stinking even for FP1 on Friday morning in comparison to the others.

They'll need one of the top four on that bike to even have a hope of scoring a podium finish when they go racing. It most likely won't happen, but I actually hope Dani or Jorge jumps ship to give them a shot.

I recall David writing a few days ago that Pedrosa was unlikely to sign with Suzuki because Suzuki cannot afford to meet Dani's salary demands. That may be true, but it puzzles me. IMO, Suzuki can't afford *not* to have a genuine alien on their bike. Considering the investment required to build the bike and campaign it, to save a couple million euro in rider salary strikes me as "penny wise & pound foolish."