The weather blighted the first day of testing at Valencia, with half-decent conditions in the morning with a damp track giving way to harder rain as the day went on. The wet weather meant that a number of riders decided to pass up on testing today, meaning that for example both Marc Marquez and Bradley Smith did not make it out onto the track today. Marquez will be testing at Sepang at the end of the month, while Smith will ride tomorrow if the heavy rain which is expected arrives.
Two eagerly awaited debuts did take place, however: Valentino Rossi turned a number of laps on the Yamaha, the Italian quickly up to speed and looking much more comfortable on the bike, despite the conditions. Andrea Dovizioso also took to the track on the factory Ducati for the first time, taking the place of the departing Rossi. It was far from ideal, but Dovizioso said afterwards he had been positively surprised by the bike. It was too early to make comparisons with the Yamaha and Honda - dry time on the bike would be needed before it would be possible to do that - but the engine had been less aggressive than he expected and the bike had better traction in the wet than the Yamaha, something he had noted when riding with Rossi earlier this season.
Yamaha have now packed up and are on the road to Aragon, where they are hoping for a couple of hours of dry track time on Wednesday, just to get a feel for the bike. The rest will remain here, though whether for example Dani Pedrosa or Cal Crutchlow will ride in the rain tomorrow is still a question mark.
Final test times from Tuesday:
|4||7||Hiroshi Aoyama||FTR Kawasaki||1:42.239||6.303||2.371|
|7||51||Michele Pirro||Ducati Test||1:44.297||8.361||0.561|
|8||71||Claudio Corti||FTR Kawasaki||1:45.814||9.878||1.517|
|9||14||Randy De Puniet||ART||1:46.045||10.109||0.231|
|11||5||Colin Edwards||FTR Kawasaki||1:46.426||10.490||0.366|
|14||8||Hector Barbera||FTR Kawasaki||1:49.457||13.521||1.685|
|20||9||Danilo Petrucci||Suter BMW|