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Valencia MotoGP test times - Wednesday 4pm

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, it rained at both Valencia and Aragon on Wednesday morning - but conditions at Valencia finally improved enough for slick-tyre runs from mid-afternoon.

That convinced 2012 title runner-up Dani Pedrosa to head out for the first time since winning Sunday's race - and Pedrosa was on top of the timesheets by 3:30pm, when new Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez finally made his MotoGP debut.

The Moto2 champion got to within 2.1s of Pedrosa at the end of his first run (see below).

Fellow MotoGP rookie Bradley Smith had made his own debut, on wet tyres, shortly after midday. Smith has since gone back out on slicks.

Ben Spies, moving from Yamaha to Ducati for 2013, is not present due to recent surgery. His place is being taken by new Ducati test rider Michele Pirro.

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

Despite the poor weather, Rossi - who rode 28 wet laps during his Yamaha return at Valencia 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.

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1. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 33.723s (Lap 14/15)
2. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team (GP12) 1m 34.080s (11/13)
3. Alvaro Bautista ESP Honda Gresini (RC213V) 1m 34.590s (11/11)
4. Michele Pirro ITA Pramac Racing (GP12) 1m 34.842s (32/35)
5. Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 35.122s (4/5)
6. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 1m 35.426s (5/7)
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP12) 1m 35.669s (10/10)
8. Randy De Puniet FRA Aspar (ART CRT) 1m 35.749s (15/16)
9. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 35.846s (6/8)
10. Danilo Petrucci ITA Came IodaRacing (Suter-BMW CRT) 1m 36.157s (7/8)
11. Andrea Iannone ITA Pramac Racing (GP12) 1m 36.567s (33/36)
12. Bradley Smith GBR Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 37.020s (24/24)
13. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia (FTR-Kawasaki CRT) 1m 39.248s (25/26)
14. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB (ART CRT) 1m 39.272s (4/5)
15. Aleix Espargaro ESP Aspar (ART CRT) 1m 43.517s (35/40)


Colin Edwards USA Forward (FTR-Kawasaki CRT) No Time
Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Avintia (FTR-Kawasaki CRT) No Time
Shane Byrne GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (ART CRT) No Time
Claudio Corti ITA Forward (FTR-Kawasaki CRT) 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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