Honda’s Pedrosa Leads Valencia MotoGP Testing

2013 MotoGP Prep

Many newcomers to the MotoGP Championship made their debut on prototype machinery Wednesday in the second and final day of Valencia testing.

Tuesday’s session was plagued by rain, keeping many of the top riders and newcomers sidelined, waiting for a dry circuit.

And rain continued on Wednesday, though with two hours remaining a dry line developed at the Spanish circuit, allowing many riders to get a taste of their 2013 MotoGP machinery.

Leading the pack was the man who won the 2012 MotoGP season finale at Valencia – Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa. He set the fastest lap of the day – 1.32.322 – aboard his RC213V. While testing, Pedrosa compared the 2013 Honda RC213V to the one he won on Sunday.

The Spaniard’s teammate, the 2012 Moto2 Champion Marc Marquez, made his debut aboard the other Repsol Honda on Wednesday. Marquez, also a Spaniard, had a great first ride, arriving seventh fastest, just over a second slower than Pedrosa.

Ducati Team’s new-boy Andrea Dovizioso continued to familiarize himself with the Desmosedici on day two, finishing sixth, whilst teammate Nicky Hayden carried on his work evaluating new parts and chassis settings and ending the session in fourth.

Pramac Ducati’s Andrea Iannone had been one of the riders to brave the wet track in the morning, yet continued with his familiarisation process in the afternoon, ending the timesheets in ninth. New Ducati test rider Michele Pirro, in for the injured Ben Spies, was well on the pace once the track dried out and finished in eighth place.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith was the first Rookie out on track this morning as he made his debut on the M1 Yamaha. The Brit looked pleased with his first outing, and ended the afternoon in 11th, just over two seconds off the front. His teammate Cal Crutchlow, still nursing an injury in his hand from his crash on the weekend, took to the track with just under an hour remaining to evaluate some minor upgrades on his Yamaha, finishing in second place overall.

Go & Fun Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista was pleased the track dried out in time, as the Spaniard set out evaluating his 2012 machine against an upgraded version with some new parts. LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl on the other hand was lapping on a similar machine to Pedrosa, the new 2013 model, where the only significant difference is the electronics package. It was however announced today that the German will continue with his team in the 2014 season as well, although the bike with be a “full factory” version. Bautista was fifth fastest and Bradl third.

Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaró, who was one of the busiest riders out on track in the morning, put in a number of laps early on, whilst teammate Randy de Puniet was more active in the afternoon in the dry, as both continued work on their respective chassis. Espargaró ended the day in 15th and De Puniet in 10th. Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci was able to start work on his new Suter chassis for the final few hours, though commented with the introduction of standard electronics available from next year, the team may switch to those in future tests. Petrucci was 13th fastest at the conclusion of the test.

Avintia Blusens’ Hiroshi Aoyama decided to sit out the day and will return in Jerez with the team for a test later this month, while Héctor Barberá kept putting in the laps to familiarise himself with his new BQR-FTR machine. His time saw him end the day in 14th. NGM Mobile Forward Racing riders Colin Edwards and Claudio Corti decided not to go out on track.

Elsewhere, the Yamaha Factory Racing duo of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi had a difficult session at their test in Aragón, which was marred with rain and a crash for Lorenzo. Lorenzo was fortunately unhurt in the crash. Rossi commented afterwards that he was happy with the bike, and that apart from the increase in power, not much had changed from the last time he rode the 800cc bike in 2010.

Valencia MotoGP Test – Wednesday Results:

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap Prev. Gap Lead. Gap Laps Last lap
1 PEDROSA, Dani Repsol Honda Team 1:32.322 25 / 30 1:32.559
2 CRUTCHLOW, Cal Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:32.671 0.349 0.349 28 / 28 1:32.671
3 BRADL, Stefan LCR Honda MotoGP 1:32.813 0.142 0.491 21 / 25 1:38.570
4 HAYDEN, Nicky Ducati Team 1:32.956 0.143 0.634 33 / 33 1:32.956
5 BAUTISTA, Alvaro Go & Fun Honda Gresini 1:33.109 0.153 0.787 25 / 26 1:33.454
6 P DOVIZIOSO, Andrea Ducati Team 1:33.238 0.129 0.916 30 / 31 Pit In
7 P MARQUEZ, Marc Repsol Honda Team 1:33.403 0.165 1.081 27 / 28 Pit In
8 PIRRO, Michele Pramac Racing Team 1:33.625 0.222 1.303 51 / 51 1:33.625
9 P IANNONE, Andrea Pramac Racing Team 1:33.833 0.208 1.511 52 / 56 Pit In
10 P DE PUNIET, Randy Power Electronics Aspar 1:34.081 0.248 1.759 28 / 30 Pit In
11 P SMITH, Bradley Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:34.538 0.457 2.216 42 / 43 Pit In
12 P ABRAHAM, Karel Cardion AB Motoracing 1:35.309 0.771 2.987 21 / 25 Pit In
13 PETRUCCI, Danilo Came IodaRacing Project 1:35.403 0.094 3.081 26 / 26 1:35.403
14 P BARBERA, Hector Avintia Blusens 1:39.248 3.845 6.926 25 / 26 Pit In
15 P ESPARGARO, Aleix Power Electronics Aspar 1:43.517 4.269 11.195 35 / 40 Pit In
NC EDWARDS, Colin NGM Mobile Forward Racing
NC AOYAMA, Hiroshi Avintia Blusens
NC ROSSI, Valentino Yamaha Factory Racing
NC BYRNE, Shane Paul Bird Motorsport
NC CORTI, Claudio NGM Mobile Forward Racing
NC LORENZO, Jorge Yamaha Factory Racing