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Wednesday 5pm MotoGP test times - Valencia

MotoGP lap times as of 5pm at the end of the second and final day of the post-season Valencia test.
Following Sunday's season-ending Valencia Grand Prix, a two-day 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.

It then rained at both Valencia and Aragon on Wednesday morning - but conditions at Valencia finally improved enough for slick tyres 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 and Marquez eventually finished the test 1.081s behind Pedrosa, whose best time was below the official race lap record.

Marquez's fellow MotoGP rookie Bradley Smith had made his debut, on wet tyres, shortly after midday.

Smith then went back out on slicks and finished the test +2.2s from Pedrosa, with Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Cal Crutchlow - among those to sit out the wet weather - moving into second place in the dry.

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

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1. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 32.322s (Lap 25/30)
2. Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 32.671s (28/28)
3. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 1m 32.813s (21/25)
4. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team (GP12) 1m 32.956s (33/33)
5. Alvaro Bautista ESP Honda Gresini (RC213V) 1m 33.109s (25/26)
6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP12) 1m 33.238s (30/31)
7. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 33.403s (27/28)
8. Michele Pirro ITA Pramac Racing (GP12) 1m 33.625s (51/51)
9. Andrea Iannone ITA Pramac Racing (GP12) 1m 33.833s (52/56)
10. Randy De Puniet FRA Aspar (ART CRT) 1m 34.081s (28/30)
11. Bradley Smith GBR Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 34.538s (42/43)
12. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB (ART CRT) 1m 35.309s (21/25)
13. Danilo Petrucci ITA IodaRacing (Suter-BMW CRT) 1m 35.403s (22/22)
14. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia (FTR-Kawasaki CRT) 1m 39.248s (25/26)
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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King Kenny - Unregistered

November 14, 2012 4:52 PM

Most riders will tell you that getting within a few tenths is easy, but those last few tenths are a b1tch. He's very promising, but give him time. Lorenzo's first three motogp races: Qatar: pole, finished 2nd Jerez: pole, finished 3rd Estoril: pole, won the race Can Marquez match that? We'll see.

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