New Chapter | MotoGP
The 2013 MotoGP season concluded this past weekend in Valencia, Spain. Honda’s rookie phenom Marc Marquez took the championship, becoming the youngest rider to ever do so. Yamaha’s 2012 defending champ Jorge Lorenzo won the race but finished just 4 points back in the championship behind Marquez.
The very next day the first offical test of the 2014 got underway. Marquez continued his winning ways by leading the timesheets after the second day of testing. His teammate Dani Pedrosa finished very strong with the third best time. Nicky Hayden debuted for Honda on their customer bike and finished a little back in the time sheets at 13th. But it was just his first day on the brand new bike and he will certainly look to improve his comfort level with the bike at the next test.
Yamaha’s Lorenzo finished just behind Marquez on the timesheet in second place. Teammate Valentino Rossi had a very disappointing day on the timesheet with the 7th best time of the day. Both Factory Yamaha riders tested everything Yamaha needed and completed about 60 laps each. The Yamaha Tech 3 team’s newest rider Pol Espargaro delivered another eye-catching performance to follow up his first test on the R1 yesterday. The reigning Moto 2 World Champion lowered his lap time by well over a second from his first day on the bike. His teammate Bradley Smith who is returning for his second season with the team finished with an encouraging sixth best time, just in front of Rossi.
The Ducati team seemed to finish in the same area that they have all season long, behind the rest of the factory bikes. Cal Crutchlow made his first appearance for the team and finished 11th on the second day of testing. Andrea Dovizioso was the top Ducati for the day finishing with the 8th best time. Crutchlow did lay the bike down on the second day of testing. Crutchlow had one of the better quotes of the day, “Things are different here at Ducati”.