Yamaha’s Lorenzo Tops Monday’s Post-Season MotoGP Test

Yamaha Factory Racing's Jorge Lorenzo

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo

2013 Valencia Post-Season MotoGP Test Monday Results

The traditional post-season MotoGP test had a grid filled with many riders on new motorcycles, but it was the man who stayed true to Yamaha the past six years that took top honors – Jorge Lorenzo.

The Yamaha Factory Racing pilot, who won Sunday’s season finale and finished second overall in points behind the new champ Marc Marquez, topped Monday’s time sheet with a 1:31.257. This was faster than any lap set during Sunday’s race, and was also completed on his 2013 YZR-M1, though he is testing 2014 model during the three-day test.

Lorenzo’s Yamaha MotoGP teammate, who announced his split with long-time crew chief Jeremy Burgess Thursday at the Valencia pre-race press conference, also posted his quickest time on the 2013 YZR-M1.

The nine-time World Champion spent the day familiarizing himself with his newly-announced crew chief Silvano Galbusera, who worked the past two years with Marco Melandri on the former BMW World Superbike team. By day’s end, Rossi, who finished fourth at the season finale, was 0.093 of a second off Lorenzo’s time. Like Lorenzo, Rossi is also testing the 2014 YZR-M1.

In the Honda paddock, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and the 2013 MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez did not test. Both factory riders are expected on the track Tuesday.

LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl was on the circuit aboard his 2013 RC213V; he finished the day with the third best time, 0.5 of a second off Lorenzo’s pace.

Cal Crutchlow made his debut on the Ducati GP13 following his split with the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team. Crutchlow worked with crew chief Daniele Romagnoli, who also was with the Brit on the Monster Tech 3 team. Both worked with new Ducati Corse General Manager Gigi Dall’Igna for the first time on Monday.

By day’s end, Crutchlow was sixth overall, 0.1 of a second behind teammate Andrea Dovizioso, who finished fifth fastest. The fourth fastest time was from Pramac Racing Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso.

Also on the track was Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro, who finished seventh overall, 0.6 of a second behind Crutchlow. Eighth went to Yonny Hernandez, who was confirmed to remain as Iannone’s teammate with Pramac Ducati through 2014.

The man who filled Crutchlow’s vacancy on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha – 2013 Moto2 World Champion Pol Espargaro – finished 10th, almost 10 seconds slower than Lorenzo. As for his teammate, Bradley Smith did not test on Monday.

Newcomer from Moto2 Scott Redding got his first ride on the GO&FUN Honda Gresini RCV1000R that will be used in the MotoGP “open” class. He finished 11th. Redding’s feedback went to HRC’s Cristian Gabarrin, and he will help develop the RCV1000R over the winter.

The Aspar riders only had one new RCV1000R ready for Monday, and it was piloted by the Power Electronics newcomer, Hiroshi Aoyama. The Japanese rider finished ninth quickest, 1.8 seconds off Lorenzo’s time. As for Aspar’s Nicky Hayden, who joined the team after splitting with Ducati, he didn’t ride Monday due to only one bike being ready. The American is expected on the track Tuesday.

Randy de Puniet should be testing with the PBM team on Tuesday as they look to confirm direction for next season, with the 2014-spec ART being prepared for the Frenchman on Monday, MotoGP reports.

The riders will return to the Valencia circuit Tuesday for the second day in three of testing.

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