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Valencia MotoGP test: Lorenzo fastest as Yamaha dominate

Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo led the way on the first day of MotoGP testing at Valencia, topping the timesheets with a 1’30.975 while his fellow Yamaha stablemates locked out the rest of the top four spots.

However, Marc Marquez only took to the track for some demonstration laps with his brother Alex, who was given access to a second RC213V as a gift by HRC vice-president Shuhei Nakamoto (click here).

Lorenzo, on the factory Movistar Yamaha, was a tenth quicker than Monster Yamaha’s Pol Espargaro with team-mate Bradley Smith in third place while Valentino Rossi put in the fourth fastest time and was a little under three-tenths slower than Lorenzo.


Andrea Iannone made his debut in factory Ducati colours and set the fifth quickest time of 1’31.465, just ahead of Dani Pedrosa on the Repsol Honda, whole Andrea Dovizioso was seventh and seventh-tenths off the pace.

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow had his first run out on the factory-spec RC213V in CWM LCR colours and managed a 1’31.847 on his penultimate lap. The Isle of Man resident was only half a second off his qualifying time from Saturday while riding the Ducati GP14.

Scott Redding, who stayed in his garage for the first hour, ended in 15th place on his version of the works RC213V. The Gloucestershire rider, on the newly-branded Estrella Galicia Honda, rode on Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes for the first time but still managed a 1’32.99s lap, two seconds off the pace.

Eugene Laverty also made his debut on the 2014 Production Honda in Drive M7 colours. The Monegasque set a 1’34.320 while re-acclimatising to carbon brakes and Bridgestone tyres. He was three-tenths ahead of fellow debutant Jack Miller who ended in 16th place.

Other notable debuts came from Loris Baz on the Forward Yamaha, who set a 1’33.834 while getting used to the new brakes and tyres - a decent step away from the WSBK-spec Pirellis he is used to.

Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales got their first rides on the Suzuki GSX-RR and set 1’32.315 and 1’33.268 laps respectively. Espargaro is used to the MotoGP setup but Vinales has made the step up from Moto2. Nicky Hayden didn’t ride as Karel Abraham had sole use of the new RC213V-RS Production Honda today.

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