New world champion Marc Marquez set a blistering pace on the second day of MotoGP post-season testing at Valencia on Tuesday.
The Honda rider had bettered Jorge Lorenzo’s day one benchmark by the late morning by dipping under the 1m31s barrier and went even faster in the early afternoon to end up on top in 1m30.536s. He even survived a scary moment at Turn 6 where he lost control of his bike on corner entry, but managed to avoid an accident by riding onto the asphalt run-off on the outside of the track.
Lorenzo was 0.232sec slower on his Yamaha in second, with Dani Pedrosa third on the second factory Honda after setting his best lap of the day inside the final 15 minutes of running.
Honda riders occupied the next two positions as well, with LCR’s Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista’s Gresini bike rounding out the top five. Bradley Smith was sixth on his Tech 3 Yamaha, with Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha and Andrea Dovizioso’s Ducati behind him.
New Tech 3 signing Pol Espargaro continued to gain mileage on ahead of his MotoGP debut next year and set the ninth best time, just ahead of Andrea Iannone’s Pramac Ducati and Cal Crutchlow’s works example.
Nicky Hayden, riding a Honda for the first time since 2008, was 13th fastest on his first appearance on the Japanese manufacturer’s production racer with Aspar.
Forward Racing ran its new Yamaha-FTRs for the first time and had Colin Edwards and new signing Aleix Espargaro in action.
Michael Laverty caused a red flag when he crashed his PBM Aprilia with half an hour to go while Randy de Puniet also rode for the team as he assesses his options for next year.
Pos Rider Bike Time Gap Laps 1. Marc Marquez Honda 1m30.536s 77 2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m30.768s +0.232s 60 3. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m30.948s +0.412s 72 4. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1m30.990s +0.454s 60 5. Alvao Bautista Gresini Honda 1m31.208s +0.672s 72 6. Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m31.397s +0.861s 78 7. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m31.414s +0.878s 57 8. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m31.661s +1.125s 62 9. Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m31.836s +1.300s 7210. Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 1m31.844s +1.308s 6811. Cal Crutchlow Ducati 1m32.114s +1.578s 5312. Michele Pirro Ducati 1m32.473s +1.937s 6513. Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m32.576s +2.040s 7614. Yonny Hernandez Pramac Ducati 1m32.800s +2.264s 2715. Aleix Spargaro Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1m32.847s +2.311s 1816. Colin Edwards Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1m33.149s +2.613s 3417. Michael Laverty PBM Aprilia 1m33.672s +3.136s 4318. Randy de Puniet PBM Aprilia 1m33.833s +3.297s 3719. Scott Redding Gresini Honda 1m34.541s +4.005s 2320. Mike di Meglio Avintia-FTR Kawasaki 1m34.618s +4.082s 42