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Marquez v Lorenzo v Pedrosa v Stoner

Rookie performances after their first day at an official MotoGP test.
Moto2 world champion Marc Marquez turned heads by lapping an impressive 1.081s from the top during a 28-lap MotoGP debut on the final day of a rain-delayed Valencia test.

Below is a list of some other first-day MotoGP performances by riders that have recently made their premier-class debuts.

Casey Stoner - pictured on his MotoGP test debut for Honda Pons - stands head-and-shoulders clear of the rest.

Conditions at the 2005 test were cool and windy on day one, when Stoner and Dani Pedrosa made their MotoGP debuts, then wet throughout day two.

This year's test saw a wet first day, when the likes of Marquez and fellow rookie Bradley Smith did not ride, with dry laps on the final afternoon.

Future double world champion Stoner later switched to LCR Honda for his first 2006 MotoGP season...

Rookies: Time difference to fastest rider after first day at an official MotoGP test:

Casey Stoner AUS Pons Honda +0.64s (Valencia 2005)
Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda +1.081s (Valencia 2012)
Dani Pedrosa* ESP Repsol Honda +1.1s (Valencia 2005)
Andrea Iannone*** ITA Pramac Ducati +1.511s (Valencia 2012)
Jorge Lorenzo* ESP Fiat Yamaha +1.982s (Valencia 2007)
Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda +2.144sec (Valencia 2011)
Bradley Smith GBR Tech 3 Yamaha +2.216s (Valencia 2012)
Cal Crutchlow* GBR Tech 3 Yamaha +2.302s (Valencia 2010)
Andrea Dovizioso* ITA Scot/JiR Honda +2.412s (Valencia 2007)
Marco Simoncelli ITA Gresini Honda +2.569sec (Valencia 2009)
Jonathan Rea** GBR Repsol Honda +3.134s (Brno 2012)
Hector Barbera ESP Aspar Ducati +3.544sec (Valencia 2009)
Alvaro Bautista ESP Interwetten Honda +5.304sec (Valencia 2009)

* Had previously ridden a MotoGP bike.
** Brno is a 2m lap, compared with 1m 30s for Valencia.
*** Had previously ridden a MotoGP bike and also rode some wet laps on day one at Valencia 2012.



Related Pictures

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Stoner makes Honda debut, Valencia MotoGP tests, November  2005
Marquez at FIM Gala
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Smith crash, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith crash, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith, Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Iannone, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Bautista, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Bautista, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Barbera, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Bautista, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Bautista, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Bautista, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Barbera, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Barbera, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Barbera, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016

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Hemmy - Unregistered

November 16, 2012 11:33 AM

Vilas what is it with you, seriously? You cannot stand the fact that Stoner is so good can you. Does it really get to you that much to see Stoner at the top of this list? The sooner you realise that Stoner has been the best rider in the modern era of MotoGP, the sooner you will be able to let it go and enjoy the Sport more. Accept it and move on my friend. :-)



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