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Nov 14

Marquez makes his mark in Valencia post-season test

Circuito Ricardo Tormo test

MotoGP - Bridgestone engineer speaking with Repsol Honda's Dani PedrosaThe first prelude to the 2014 MotoGP™ season, the Valencia post-season test wrapped up today at Circuito Ricardo Tormo, with newly-crowed World Champion Marc Marquez clocking the fastest time – a 1’30.287 – over the three days on his Repsol Honda RC213V.

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  • Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Extra-soft & Soft. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
  • Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main) & Hard (Alternative)

Marquez set his best time on the final day of action using the combination of the soft compound front and medium compound rear slick, topping the timesheets by 0.311 seconds over Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Bradley Smith who set the second fastest time overall. Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo was third quickest over the three days of testing, setting a personal best lap time of 1’30.768 on the second day of the test.

Weather conditions for the Valencia test were similar to the race weekend, with fine, dry weather and track temperatures reaching a peak of 33°C on the afternoon of the second day of testing. All slick tyres in the test allocation were utilised during the test, with a total of 2318 timed laps being completed by riders over the three days.

The Valencia test is the last time all MotoGP™ teams get to test together for 2013, with the next IRTA group test taking part at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit from February 4-6 next year.

Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

“The three-day test at Valencia was a good way to wrap up the season, with fine weather allowing us to gather a lot of usage data and rider feedback on our slick tyres. It was great to see some new riders make their introduction to the MotoGP class, while some established riders made the switch to their new teams all of which has created a lot of anticipation for next season. I’d like to thank all the teams and riders for their cooperation throughout the 2013 season and Bridgestone will be back bigger and better for the 2014 season with a new range of tyres that will feature the latest technological developments to deliver even higher levels of safety and performance.”

Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“Thanks to the good weather over the three days, this was one of the most productive end-of-season tests in years. The riders were able to make a lot of laps which helped us to collect a lot of data, with the on our new specification hard rear slick and getting preliminary data on how the open-class machines use tyres. We now have a lot of data to work with over the winter break, during which time we will be developing new tyre options for the riders to evaluate at next year’s pre-season tests.”

Valencia MotoGP™ post-season test – combined times
Pos
Rider
Team
Fastest lap
Gap
Total laps
1
Marc MARQUEZ
Repsol Honda Team 
1’30.287
 
133
2
Bradley SMITH
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
1’30.598
0.311
114
3
Jorge LORENZO
Yamaha Factory Racing
1’30.768
0.481
108
4
Stefan BRADL
LCR Honda MotoGP
1’30.868
0.581
154
5
Dani PEDROSA
Repsol Honda Team
1’30.948
0.661
142
6
Alvaro BAUTISTA
GO&FUN Honda Gresini
1’31.208
0.921
130
7
Valentino ROSSI
Yamaha Factory Racing
1’31.350
1.063
99
8
Pol ESPARGARO
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
1’31.533
1.246
145
9
Andrea IANNONE
Pramac Racing
1’31.594
1.307
186
10
Aleix ESPARGARO
NGM Mobile Forward Racing
1’31.644
1.357
67
11
Andrea DOVIZIOSO
Ducati Team
1’31.661
1.374
134
12
Cal CRUTCHLOW
Ducati Team
1’31.875
1.588
146
13
Michele PIRRO
Ducati Test Team
1’31.883
1.596
155
14
Nicky HAYDEN
Power Electronics Aspar
1’32.123
1.836
116
15
Hiroshi AOYAMA
Power Electronics Aspar
1’32.530
2.243
98
16
Yonny HERNANDEZ
Pramac Racing
1’32.745
2.458
64
17
Michael LAVERTY
Paul Bird Motorsport
1’33.055
2.768
104
18
Colin EDWARDS
NGM Mobile Forward Racing
1’33.149
2.862
34
19
Randy DE PUNIET
Paul Bird Motorsport
1’33.833
3.546
37
20
Scott REDDING
GO&FUN Honda Gresini
1’34.195
3.908
57
21
Mike DE MEGLIO
Avintia Blusens
1’34.618
4.331
68
22
Martin BAUER
Remus Racing Team
1’35.115
4.828
27
 
source: bsmotorsport.com, bridgestonemotorsport.com
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