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.
Bradley Smith took an impressive second place, though the time he set was in qualifying trim with little fuel in the tank and pushing as hard as he could. He ended just three tenths behind Marquez, and a quarter of a second ahead of Stefan Bradl on the LCR Honda. Dani Pedrosa was 4th fastest, over seven tenths slower than his Repsol Honda teammate, while Alvaro Bautista was the last of the satellite Hondas, just under a second off the time set by Marquez.
Pol Espargaro ended his debut on the Monster Tech3 Yamaha a second and a quarter off the time of Marquez, making an impressive start to his MotoGP career. The intense rivalry between Smith and Pol will make for a competitive year. Andrea Iannone ended the day as the fastest Ducati, starting his season well to end ahead of the factor riders. Aleix Espargaro finished the final day of testing as the fastest rider in the Open class, under 1.4 seconds off Marquez a promising start to the new category, especially as he finished ahead of the two factory Ducati riders. Andrea Dovizioso was the faster of the two, but Cal Crutchlow was under two tenths off the time of his teammate, a good start under difficult circumstances. Nicky Hayden completed his first outing on Honda's production bike 1.8 seconds off Marquez' time, but faster than he had managed in the race on the Ducati. The factory Yamaha riders had already packed up on Tuesday night.
Testing is now completed, and all of the riders now head home for a well-earned rest. Some of the Open class teams will be joining the Ducati test team for a final outing at Jerez at the end of November, but most of them will only ride again at Sepang at the beginning of February next year.
Final times from testing:
|8||41||Aleix Espargaro||FTR Yamaha||1:31.644||1.357||0.050|
|12||69||Nicky Hayden||Honda RCV1000R||1:32.123||1.836||0.240|
|13||7||Hiroshi Aoyama||Honda RCV1000R||1:32.530||2.243||0.407|
Overall times after all three days:
|41||Aleix Espargaro||FTR Yamaha||1:31.644||1.357||0.050||Wednesday|
|69||Nicky Hayden||Honda RCV1000R||1:32.123||1.836||0.240||Wednesday|
|7||Hiroshi Aoyama||Honda RCV1000R||1:32.530||2.243||0.407||Wednesday|
|68||Yonny Hernandez||Ducati Open||1:32.745||2.458||0.215||Monday|
|5||Colin Edwards||FTR Yamaha||1:33.149||2.862||0.094||Tuesday|
|14||Randy De Puniet||Aprilia ART||1:33.833||3.546||0.684||Tuesday|
|45||Scott Redding||Honda RCV1000R||1:34.195||3.908||0.362||Monday|
|63||Mike Di Meglio||FTR Kawasaki||1:34.618||4.331||0.423||Tuesday|
|44||Martin Bauer||Suter BMW||1:35.115||4.828||0.497||Monday|