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.
Dani Pedrosa ended the day in 3rd, having spent his time working on electronics for the 2014 bike, though he spent plenty of time on the 2013 machine as well for comparison. Pedrosa headed up the two satellite Hondas, Stefan Bradl close on Pedrosa's time, Alvaro Bautista a fraction further back. Bradley Smith tested the 2013 Yamaha ridden by Cal Crutchlow at the end of the season, the bike with the modified fuel tank. He pronounced the bike a big improvement, and was fast enough to end the test in front of Valentino Rossi. Rossi had spent some time on the 2014 bike, and had spent a lot of his time working on fuel consumption, the drop to 20 liters being a major issue for the Yamaha, and especially for taller and heavier riders such as Rossi.
Andrea Dovizioso put in a last minute push to end the day in 8th, over a second behind Marquez, and a tenth ahead of Pol Espargaro, who has made a strong debut with the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha. Cal Crutchlow had a busy second day at Ducati, working on set up on the bike to get an understanding of the machine. They found a better set up at the end of the session, but had a small crash at Turn 8 in his last laps.
The factory Yamaha team have now completed testing, and are packing up to leave. The remaining teams will stay on for one more day, though the weather forecast is looking like rain.
Final times from Tuesday:
|13||69||Nicky Hayden||Honda RCV1000R||1:32.576||2.040||0.103|
|14||68||Yonny Hernandez||Ducati Open||1:32.800||2.264||0.224|
|15||41||Aleix Espargaro||FTR Yamaha||1:32.847||2.311||0.047|
|16||5||Colin Edwards||FTR Yamaha||1:33.149||2.613||0.302|
|18||14||Randy De Puniet||Aprilia ART||1:33.833||3.297||0.161|
|19||45||Scott Redding||Honda RCV1000R||1:34.541||4.005||0.708|
|20||63||Mike Di Meglio||FTR Kawasaki||1:34.618||4.082||0.077|