Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest man on the first day of the Valencia test, finishing a short afternoon's work ahead of his factory Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi. The test took place under excellent conditions, but started only at noon, allowing the riders a bit of a rest at the end of the 2013 season, before the first test for 2014.
Both Lorenzo and Rossi spent time on both the 2013 bike and an evolution of the 2014 bike, with Rossi saying the new bike was a big improvement. Rossi also spent time working with new crew chief Silvano Galbusera, who was getting up to speed on the Yamaha MotoGP bike. Lorenzo, still suffering from a lack of sleep, also liked the 2014 bike.
Stefan Bradl was third fastest, heading up a trio of Ducatis with an impressive Andrea Iannone faster than the two factory men. Andrea Dovizioso had a new fairing to test, while Cal Crutchlow spent his day getting used to the new bike. Crutchlow made an impressive debut, just a tenth off the time of his teammate, and eight tenths behind Lorenzo.
Scott Redding and Hiroshi Aoyama both made their debut on board the Honda RCV1000R production racer, though Redding continues to struggle with the injuries he suffered at Phillip Island and Motegi. With only a limited number of production Hondas available, Nicky Hayden had to sit Monday out, though he is due to take to the track on Tuesday to try the production Honda.
Moto2 champion Pol Espargaro also made his debut on the Tech 3 Yamaha, slotting into the seat vacated by Cal Crutchlow. Espargaro ended the day 1.9 seconds down on the time set by Lorenzo.
Several riders decided to sit the first day of the test out and take a day off. Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Bradley Smith and Alvaro Bautista did not take to the track.
Times after the first day of practice:
|8||68||Yonny Hernandez||Ducati Open||1:32.745||1.488||0.047|
|9||7||Hiroshi Aoyama||Honda RCV1000R||1:33.020||1.763||0.275|
|11||45||Scott Redding||Honda RCV1000R||1:34.195||2.938||1.008|
|12||70||Michael Laverty||Aprilia ART||1:34.378||3.121||0.183|
|13||44||Martin Bauer||Suter BMW||1:35.115||3.858||0.737|
|14||63||Mike Di Meglio||FTR Kawasaki||1:36.304||5.047||1.189|