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.
1 Marc Marquez Honda 1:33.264
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:33.502 0.238 0.238
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:33.660 0.396 0.158
4 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1:33.780 0.516 0.120
5 Alvaro Bautista Honda 1:33.877 0.613 0.097
6 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1:33.892 0.628 0.015
7 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:34.015 0.751 0.123
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1:34.118 0.854 0.103
9 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1:34.252 0.988 0.134
10 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1:34.378 1.114 0.126
11 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1:34.414 1.150 0.036
12 Michele Pirro Ducati 1:34.652 1.388 0.238
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
16 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1:36.277 3.013 0.606
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.

  • JW

    Does anyone believe Pedrosa will have the opportunity to continue with Honda when his contract comes up for renewal?

  • Norm G.

    Q: “Does anyone believe Pedrosa will have the opportunity to continue with Honda when his contract comes up for renewal?”

    A: yes, when all’s said and done, there are no co-champions (not yet anyways). only ONE person can have their name engraved on the trophy… and depending on fate, it could easily be the name of one of the other team’s riders.

  • I agree with Norm G. Pedrosa has enjoyed an incredibly long and successful career. Sure, he hasn’t won a premier-class championship, but his results have been far from even average. He and Randy Mamola are two of my favourite riders who haven’t managed a championship despite years of excellent racecraft.

    Winning championships is a fickle thing, largely dependent upon who one happens to be racing against any particular year.

  • Jimbo

    I agree with Norm G also.

    The Yamaha/Honda factory rides are the four top rides and will go to the four top riders. Fact is Pedrosa is one of those four. Infact the current four are the right four for those bikes and will be next season too.

  • smiler

    “Does anyone believe Pedrosa will have the opportunity to continue with Honda when his contract comes up for renewal?”¨

    Dorna – Spanish
    Carmelo – Spanish
    Repsol – Spanish
    27 riders in MotoGP Spanish
    4/19 rounds in Spain
    Pol Paella promoted to Tech 3 in favour of Scott Redding or Cal – Pol Paella is Spanish
    Rookie Rule dumped for…a Spanish Rider.
    The Repsol CEV race series, now part of the FIM – Spanish. A feeder series for MotoGP.
    Last 2 MotoGP podiums – All Spanish.
    Any other motorsports series with more than 1 successful Spanish racer…….no.

    So in answer to your question, of course he will stay in.

    Not even Bernie Eccclestone is this partisan.

  • BBQdog

    @Smiler: couldn’t agree more. Moto3 and MotoGP are called ‘the spanish open’ over here.
    It’s just watching which spanians will fill the podium this time. How exciting to watch ….

  • Jimbo

    @smiler @BBQ Dog
    Are you two serious?
    Moto GP isnt the world cup guys! its not a country sport it’s individual racers. If the best riders come from Spain thats not Spain’s fault. It’s how it works. I don’t care what country a rider is from I just like or don’t like the rider.
    I dont understand how country of origin makes this sport dull. The fight between Marquez and Pedrosa would have been just as exciting if they were both italian or one russian or one british. Still the same two guys fighting it out.

    Also lets address this “too many races in spain” rubbish cos i cant stand it. For a start i am English with no connection to spain (i dont holiday there or have spanish relatives etc) just so you know i am not being partisan. The fact is MotoGP is a fairly niche sport. We all love it but not many others do. For it to survive and continue it needs to go where the fans are and where the money is to keep going. I went to the silverstone circuit this year as i do every year to watch it. It has a capacity of 120k seated without counting general entry normal roaming. Barely 74k turned up.
    Now that’s a lot of people but we couldnt fill the track for the one race we have, what orgainser in their right mind will set more? I went to mugello last year and it was packed out! Spain is the same. They have 4 rounds there because four rounds worth of people are willing to buy tickets!

    Can you honestly tell me you would rather risk the sport going into decline than have the basic of fiancial understanding to see why it is organised the way it is? Supply is a simple solution to a demand equation nothing more. I point out Honda and Yamaha the two biggest teams are Japanese but they dont complain that there arent 17 Japanese rounds. They know the demand.
    Can we please stop this barely controlled bigotry and just enjoy the sport – sport which is supposed to bring people together.

  • JW

    Thanks to you all for answering my question so well, especially Smiler, as you have reminded me again how big business has a “certain way”of doing things. I clearly see it now with a different eye.

  • Well said, Jimbo. The “They’re Spaniards!” whining is fairly adolescent. Spain has the largest number of racing series in a structure that naturally leads to MotoGP. Few other countries have the competitive series required to breed such top quality riders. That means that a number of non-Spanish riders, such as the likes of Casey Stoner and Scott Redding, have also raced in the Spanish series prior to entering MotoGP.

    Culturally, Spain and Italy are the hotbeds of motorcycle appreciation. Unsurprisingly, they’re also two of the best racing countries historically speaking. It takes really strong racing series to breed really strong riders. Canada, for example, is lacking. Stacey Nesbitt was championship winner of both the R.A.C.E. CBR Cup Championship and PARTS Canada CSBK Honda CBR125 Canadian National Championship in 2011. In 2012, she won the MOPAR CSBK Honda CBR250 Canadian National Championship. In 2012, she tried out for Red Bull Rookies, but didn’t cut it. The competition was just too stiff. (I’m still hopeful she’ll make it some day. I was one of many sponsors for her trip to the try-outs in Qatar.)