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Valencia MotoGP test times - Wednesday 2pm

14 November 2012

Following Sunday's season-ending Valencia Grand Prix, a two-day post season MotoGP test began at the circuit on Tuesday.

Day one was marred by poor weather, which caused seven of the 21 riders to remain in the pits and prompted the Factory Yamaha team to send Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo to Aragon for day two.

Unfortunately, rain has been falling off and on at both Valencia and Aragon on Wednesday.

Rossi, who rode 28 wet laps during his Yamaha return on Tuesday, and reigning champion Lorenzo have both reportedly been on track at Aragon - where some World Superbike teams are also testing. Lorenzo fell without harm on the wet track.

Moto2 stars and 2013 MotoGP rookies Marc Marquez and Bradley Smith did not set a lap time on Tuesday at Valencia. Smith then left the pits for his first MotoGP laps with Tech 3 Yamaha, on wet tyres, shortly after midday on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old Englishman has so far lowered his best time to within 3.2s of new Ducati test rider Michele Pirro.

As well as Marquez and Smith, Dani Pedrosa, Cal Crutchlow, Shane Byrne, Danilo Petrucci and Lorenzo sat out day one of testing. Ben Spies, moving from Yamaha to Ducati for 2013, is not present due to recent surgery. His place is being taken by Pirro.

Alvaro Bautista's Tuesday time was set on slicks, just before rain arrived.

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1. Michele Pirro ITA Pramac Racing (GP12) 1m 43.287s (Lap 14/15)
2. Aleix Espargaro ESP Aspar (ART CRT) 1m 43.517s (35/40)
3. Andrea Iannone ITA Pramac Racing (GP12) 1m 44.452s (20/25)
4. Bradley Smith GBR Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 46.566s (15/16)
5. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia (FTR-Kawasaki CRT) 1m 47.386s (9/12)

Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP12) No Time
Colin Edwards USA Forward (FTR-Kawasaki CRT) No Time
Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) No Time
Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Avintia (FTR-Kawasaki CRT) No Time
Danilo Petrucci ITA Came IodaRacing (Suter-BMW CRT) No Time
Randy De Puniet FRA Aspar (ART CRT) No Time
Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB (ART CRT) No Time
Alvaro Bautista ESP Honda Gresini (RC213V) No Time
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) No Time
Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) No Time
Shane Byrne GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (ART CRT) No Time
Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team (GP12) No Time
Claudio Corti ITA Forward (FTR-Kawasaki CRT) No Time
Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) No Time
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha Factory (YZR-M1) Not present
Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha Factory (YZR-M1) Not present

Fastest Day 1 time:
Alvaro Bautista ESP Honda 1m 35.936s

Official Valencia MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Dani Pedrosa ESP Honda 1m 30.844s (2012)
Fastest race lap:
Casey Stoner AUS Ducati 1m 32.582s (2008)


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