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Rain Hampers 2014 Valencia MotoGP Test, Day 2

2014 Valencia MotoGP Test, Day 2

Unlike Monday’s first day of the traditional post-season MotoGP test at Valencia when 27 riders were out on the circuit, only 10 rode on Tuesday.

The reason? Torrential downpours. Out of the 11 riders who braved the conditions and decided to get some testing complete, Pramac Racing Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci was fastest.

He posted a 1:42.431 around the Valenica circuit as he adapted to the Desmosedici, nearly 12 seconds slower than Monday’s quickest time set by Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo.

The two-time MotoGP Champion Lorenzo didn’t participate in Tuesday’s session. Other riders that didn’t participate were Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, and the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo of Pol Espargaro – this year’s Rookie of the Year – and Bradley Smith.

Finishing second was Drive M7 Aspar Honda’s Nicky Hayden, who put in 24 laps aboard his new RC213V-RS open motorcycle. Hayden, who didn’t ride Monday, was joined by his new teammate Eugene Laverty, who finished the day last in 10th.

Team Estrella Galicia Marc VDS Racing rider Scott Redding put in 42 laps aboard the new RC213V factory Honda he will pilot in 2015 MotoGP, noting how the bike was drastically different from the 2014 Open machine. Redding finished third, 1.382 of a second behind.

Redding crashed, though walked away unharmed. There were also other crashes, including ones from NGM Forward Racing’s Loris Baz and CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow; these two also were unharmed.

Finishing fourth fastest was Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi. The Italian only completed eight laps before retiring for the day.

Fifth went to the new Factory Aprilia Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista, who notched 47 laps in the wet. His teammate, Marco Melandri, was seventh quickest, just ahead of this year’s MotoGP Champion, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez.

Energy T.I Racing Ducati’s Yonny Hernandez finished Tuesday’s MotoGP test in sixth.

The 2014 Valencia Post-Season MotoGP test concludes Wednesday with the riders and teams hoping for dry weather conditions at the Valencia track.

2014 Valencia MotoGP Post-Season Test Results, Day 2:

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap Lead. Gap Prev. Gap Laps Last lap
1 PETRUCCI, Danilo Pramac Racing 1:42.431 23 / 23
2 HAYDEN, Nicky Drive M7 Aspar 1:43.598 1.167 1.167 24 / 44
3 REDDING, Scott Team Estrella Galicia Marc VDS 1:43.813 1.382 0.215 42 / 42
4 ROSSI, Valentino Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:43.813 1.382 0.000 8 / 13
5 BAUTISTA, Alvaro Factory Aprilia Gresini 1:43.827 1.396 0.014 47 / 49
6 HERNANDEZ, Yonny Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 1:44.432 2.001 0.605 18 / 19
7 MELANDRI, Marco Factory Aprilia Gresini 1:44.873 2.442 0.441 22 / 24
8 MARQUEZ, Marc Repsol Honda Team 1:45.715 3.284 0.842 16 / 17
9 BAZ, Loris NGM Forward Racing 1:46.143 3.712 0.428 32 / 32
10 LAVERTY, Eugene Drive M7 Aspar 1:46.871 4.440 0.728 15 / 26
NC DE ANGELIS, Alex Octo IodaRacing Team
NC ABRAHAM, Karel Cardion AB Motoracing
NC VIÑALES, Maverick Team Suzuki MotoGP
NC PEDROSA, Dani Repsol Honda Team
NC IANNONE, Andrea Ducati Team
NC SMITH, Bradley Monster Yamaha Tech 3
NC DOVIZIOSO, Andrea Ducati Team
NC ESPARGARO, Aleix Team Suzuki MotoGP
NC ESPARGARO, Pol Monster Yamaha Tech 3
NC PIRRO, Michele Ducati Test Team
NC BRADL, Stefan NGM Forward Racing
NC DI MEGLIO, Mike Avintia Racing
NC HOFMANN, Alex Aprilia Test Team
NC BARBERA, Hector Avintia Racing
NC LORENZO, Jorge Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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