Marc Marquez has ended the day at the top of the timesheets, taking the 2014 version of the RC213V out for a final run at the end of the day to post a time nearly a quarter of a second faster than Jorge Lorenzo, who had been fastest for most of the day.
Both Honda and Yamaha had brought versions of their 2014 machines, with all four factory riders switching between the two versions, though most were concentrating on improving set up for the remainder of the 2013 season.
Valentino Rossi finished the day in 3rd, having worked largely on improving braking and corner entry, the area in which he is suffering the most during the races. Yamaha believes they found something, Rossi said, and ending the day under two tenths from his teammate suggest they have.
Cal Crutchlow had a day building confidence, ending the test in 4th close behind Rossi, and just ahead of Alvaro Bautista. Dani Pedrosa set the 6th fastest time, and had spent nearly all day just working on trying to resolve the problems with rear grip he has had this season.
Randy de Puniet was once again present, testing the Suzuki MotoGP prototype. De Puniet ended the day 1.833 seconds behind Marquez, ahead of the CRTs, but a second behind the fastest Ducati, which would be the bike’s first target.
Yonny Hernandez made his debut on the Pramac Ignite Ducati, and spent the day getting accustomed to the greater power and extensive electronics of the bike. Meanwhile, his old Aprilia ART crossed the garage to Michael Laverty, who will ride the bike for the rest of the season.
Yamaha, Ducati and Tech 3 also spent some time on the new rear tire Bridgestone had brought to test, and the reception was largely positive.
The rear tire is a new hard option, replacing the current hard tire which nobody has been able to use all year. The tire is an improvement over the old hard, making it possible to run the harder option on hot afternoons, expanding the choice for the riders.
|Pos.||Rider||Bike||Fastest Lap||Diff.||Diff. Prev.|
|13||Randy de Puniet||Suzuki||1:35.097||1.833||0.445|
|14||Hiroshi Aoyama||FTR Kawasaki||1:35.501||2.237||0.404|
|15||Danilo Petrucci||Suter BMW||1:35.671||2.407||0.170|
|17||Hector Barbera||FTR Kawasaki||1:36.348||3.084||0.071|
|18||Colin Edwards||FTR Kawasaki||1:36.402||3.138||0.054|
|19||Claudio Corti||FTR Kawasaki||1:36.540||3.276||0.138|
|20||Michael Laverty||Aprilia ART||1:37.699||4.435||1.159|
|21||Michele Magnoni||Suter BMW||1:39.107||5.843||1.408|
Source: MotoGP; Photo: Marc Marquez (Twitter)
This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.