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Valencia test commences with Lorenzo on top

After his stunning win at Valencia in the final race of the season on Sunday it was Jorge Lorenzo who topped the timesheet again on Monday in the first day of 2014 ‘pre-season’ testing.

Lap times of course do not mean a great deal at this stage, with some riders swapping machinery, many tweaking set-up and some joining new teams, but Lorenzo set the standards again – with a 1’31.257 late in the day. That lap was quicker than anyone went in Sunday’s race and came on the 2013 YZR-M1, although Lorenzo also has a 2014 development Yamaha available this week.

On the other side of the Yamaha Factory Racing box Valentino Rossi spent the day working with new Crew Chief Silvano Galbusera. The Doctor’s best time of the day was just 0.093s off Lorenzo’s best, also coming on his 2013 bike, though he too is already using the 2014 development M1.

Repsol Honda’s new World Champion Marc Marquez and his colleague Dani Pedrosa were both at the circuit but did not test on Monday – though they are expected on track on Tuesday as the battle to stay ahead of Yamaha continues.

Stefan Bradl was the fastest Honda rider on track on Monday, using his RC213V from this season to set the third best time of the day – 0.5s off Lorenzo’s pace.

New Ducati recruit Cal Crutchlow has taken Italian Crew Chief Daniele Romagnoli with him from Tech 3 to the Italian factory Ducati and the pair were working alongside new Ducati Corse General Manager Gigi Dall’Igna for the first time on Monday.

Crutchlow matched Ducati’s Sunday race pace, and was sixth overall just over 0.1s (check) behind new Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso who was fifth best. Dovizioso lapped in a similar pace to fourth fastest rider of the day, Andrea Iannone on the Pramac Racing Ducati.

Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro was 0.6s behind Crutchlow in seventh, just ahead of Yonny Hernandez – who was confirmed today to remain as Iannone’s teammate in the Pramac Racing Team permanently during the 2014 season.

Moto2 World Champion Pol Espargaro rode his first laps on his new Monster Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP bike, in tenth spot on the timesheet, with a lap around two seconds off Lorenzo’s pace. His new teammate Bradley Smith sat things out and expects to get through all his test work for this week on Tuesday.

The new Honda RCV1000R was used for the first time by the GO&FUN Honda Gresini team as Scott Redding also got his 2014 MotoGP preparations underway, the Englishman ending up 11th overall. Cristian Gabarrini from HRC got Redding's initial feedback on the new prototype, which the teams will adapt to over the winter.

Hiroshi Aoyama officially joined the Power Electronics Aspar team on Monday, but with Aspar only having one of their new Hondas ready for today, Nicky Hayden will have to wait until Tuesday to ride it. Aoyama was ninth best on the timesheet, 1.8s down on Lorenzo’s P1 pace.

Mike di Meglio has not ridden since the Brno Moto2™ race due to serious injury, but he was back on track today testing with the Avintia Blusens team.

Randy de Puniet should be testing with the PBM team on Tuesday as they look to confirm direction for next season, with the 2014-spec ART being prepared for the Frenchman on Monday.

The testing action at the Ricardo Tormo circuit will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday (10am-5pm both days). Live video coverage will be available again through moto GP com on Tuesday (11am-2pm).
 

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Valencia MotoGP test times - Tuesday (Final)

Following Sunday's Valencia MotoGP season finale, an official test session is being held at the circuit from Monday to Wednesday.

The test marks the first appearance for Cal Crutchlow at Ducati, Nicky Hayden at Aspar, Moto2 world champion Pol Espargaro at Tech 3 and former title rival Scott Redding at Gresini.

Redding, Hayden and Hiroshi Aoyama are riding the new Open class Honda Production Racer, with Hayden - who sat out Monday due to limited machine numbers - getting his first ride on the RCV1000R today.

The new privateer Forward Racing Yamaha made its public debut on Tuesday in the hands of Aleix Espargaro and Colin Edwards, when new world champion Marc Marquez and Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa were also back on track after skipping day one.

Marquez led for almost the entire day, lapping under his new official pole record. The 20-year-old - riding with a special helmet design - saved the 2014 RC213V with his knee and elbow after a big lowside moment at turn six, shortly after 1pm.

Like many riders, Marquez made a last push - clocking his best time of the day on the 75th of 76 laps. Yamaha's title runner-up Jorge Lorenzo moved into second, while Pedrosa reclaimed third from LCR's Stefan Bradl.

Valentino Rossi was working with his new crew chief Silvano Galbusera for the first time, while former Aprilia Racing boss Gigi Dall'Igna is present in his new role as general manager of Ducati Corse.

Former Aspar rider Randy de Puniet made his PBM debut on Tuesday, as the British team seeks to reach an agreement with Aprilia for 2014. The test was briefly red flagged due to a late fall for PBM regular Michael Laverty.

The 2014 rules will see the Factory bikes lose a further litre of race fuel relative to the Open machines, raising the difference to four litres. The Open bikes must run the full control ECU system, while the Factory entries can use their own software.

The final day of testing begins at 10am on Wednesday, but some teams - including Yamaha - are expected to pack up this evening.

1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 30.536s (Lap 75/77)
2. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 30.768s (58/60)
3. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 30.948s (67/72)
4. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 1m 30.990s (57/60)
5. Alvaro Bautista ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 1m 31.208s (41/72)
6. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 31.397s (77/78)
7. Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 31.414s (56/57)
8. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP13) 1m 31.661s (55/62)
9. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 31.836s (66/72)
10. Andrea Iannone ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing (GP13) 1m 31.844s (61/68)
11. Cal Crutchlow GBR Ducati Team (GP13) 1m 32.114s (53/53)
12. Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Test Team (GP13) 1m 32.473s (47/65)
13. Nicky Hayden USA Power Electronics Aspar (RCV1000R) 1m 32.576s (76/76)
14. Yonny Hernandez COL Ignite Pramac Racing (GP13) 1m 32.800s (26/27)
15. Aleix Espargaro ESP NGM Forward Racing (FTR-Yamaha M1) 1m 32.847s (17/18)
16. Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing (FTR-Yamaha M1) 1m 33.149s (21/34)
17. Michael Laverty GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 1m 33.672s (32/43)
18. Randy de Puniet FRA Paul Bird Motorsport (ART) 1m 33.833s (22/37)
19. Scott Redding GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R) 1m 34.541s (22/23)
20. Mike di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (FTR-Kawasaki) 1m 34.618s (29/42)

Fastest day one time:
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha 1m 31.257s

Official Valencia MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez ESP Honda 1m 30.803s (2013)
Fastest race lap:
Dani Pedrosa ESP Honda1m 31.628s (2013)

Fastest 2013 race laps by manufacturer:
Dani Pedrosa ESP Honda 1m 31.628s
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha 1m 31.701s
Nicky Hayden USA Ducati 1m 32.764s
Aleix Espargaro ESP ART 1m 33.323s
Hector Barbera ESP FTR-Kawasaki 1m 33.551s
Danilo Petrucci ITA Suter-BMW 1m 34.153s
Bryan Staring AUS FTR-Honda 1m 34.815s
Damian Cudlin GBR PBM-ART 1m 35.886s
 

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MOTOGP » Valencia MotoGP test times - Wednesday (Final)

Lap times as of 5pm, the end of the third and final day at the post-race Valencia MotoGP test.
Following Sunday's Valencia MotoGP season finale, an official test session was held at the circuit from Monday to Wednesday.

The test marked the first appearance for Cal Crutchlow at Ducati, Nicky Hayden at Aspar, Moto2 world champion Pol Espargaro at Tech 3 and former title rival Scott Redding at Gresini.

The new Open class machines from Honda and Yamaha also made their official debuts.

New world champion Marc Marquez, who like Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa sat out day one, was fastest on days two and three. Honda and Yamaha both had prototype versions of next year's Factory machines at the test.

Wednesday's track action began at 10am, but some teams - including Yamaha - concluded testing on Tuesday.

The next official MotoGP test is not until Sepang in early February, although private testing is allowed until the end of this month...

1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 30.287s (Lap 54/56)
2. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 30.598s (35/36)
3. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 1m 30.868s (20/54)
4. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 30.992s (32/70)
5. Alvaro Bautista ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 1m 31.229s (57/58)
6. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 31.533s (12/28)
7. Andrea Iannone ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing (GP13) 1m 31.594s (49/69)
8. Aleix Espargaro ESP NGM Forward Racing (FTR-Yamaha M1) 1m 31.644s (45/49)
9. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP13) 1m 31.716s (33/36)
10. Cal Crutchlow GBR Ducati Team (GP13) 1m 31.875s (44/54)
11. Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Test Team (GP13) 1m 31.883s (47/58)
12. Nicky Hayden USA Power Electronics Aspar (Honda RCV1000R) 1m 32.123s (37/40)
13. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Power Electronics Aspar (Honda RCV1000R) 1m 32.530s (27/60)
14. Michael Laverty GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 1m 33.055s (43/44)

Fastest day two time:
Marc Marquez ESP Honda 1m 30.536s

Fastest day one time:
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha 1m 31.257s

Official Valencia MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez ESP Honda 1m 30.237s (2013)
Fastest race lap:
Dani Pedrosa ESP Honda1m 31.628s (2013)

Fastest 2013 race laps by manufacturer:
Dani Pedrosa ESP Honda 1m 31.628s
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha 1m 31.701s
Nicky Hayden USA Ducati 1m 32.764s
Aleix Espargaro ESP ART 1m 33.323s
Hector Barbera ESP FTR-Kawasaki 1m 33.551s
Danilo Petrucci ITA Suter-BMW 1m 34.153s
Bryan Staring AUS FTR-Honda 1m 34.815s
Damian Cudlin GBR PBM-ART 1m 35.886s
 

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Espargaro delighted to begin MotoGP journey



Moto2™ World Champion Pol Espargaro commenced his MotoGP™ adventure on Monday at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, getting his first try of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 bike which he will ride in 2014.

The popular youngster from the outskirts of Barcelona was ecstatic after trying the Yamaha YZR-M1 and his first MotoGP outing was the perfect remedy to the disappointment of his crash in his last Moto2 race before making the move into the big time.

Espargaro was welcomed into Herve Poncharal’s Tech 3 set up by engineer Nicolas Goyon and given an introduction to how things work with a 1000cc racing prototype, before putting in 45 laps of the 4km Valencia track.

The MotoGP rookie put in a decent 1’33.187 best time on his 32nd lap, to end the day 10th on the timesheet – less than two seconds down on pace setting former World Champion Jorge Lorenzo.

He enthused, "It’s so different, the feeling. Now we are in MotoGP with a different box, everything has changed but I’m so happy. I have enjoyed the day a lot and these will be the best days of my life, to try a MotoGP machine. It’s amazing. The power and the brakes are incredible, the tyre too. I enjoyed it a lot but we have to be a lot faster because we were two seconds behind Jorge and Valentino (Rossi)."

Espargaro added, "Immediately I could feel this is a very professional and high-level team with fantastic support from Yamaha. The YZR-M1 is incredible and today I just tried to learn as much as possible. The power of the engine is something you notice immediately and today I just did as many laps as I could with the aim to get a feel for the bike."
 

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nice work moe, next year will be interesting with all the changes & new bikes.

do you think the repsol squad are a little hungover today? :crackup:
 

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Valencia MotoGP Test: Pol Espargaro 'This is the result I dreamed of'



"My dream was to be close to the factory bikes and to the leader but it was a great result today" - Pol Espargaro.


Pol Espargaro and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 might be waiting to find out if they will use the seamless shift gearbox in MotoGP next season, but the recently crowned Moto2 world champion has certainly made a seamless adaptation to the premier class.

The 22-year-old Spaniard was in high spirits at the end of his debut MotoGP test, which saw him quicker than team-mate Bradley Smith for the early part of the final day, on his way to fifth fastest.

Espargaro was 1.2s from world champion Marc Marquez and just 0.5s slower than multi 2013 race winner Dani Pedrosa by the time he concluded testing.

"That was the result that I dreamed of! My dream was to be close to the factory bikes and to the leader but it was a great result today. We didn't do many laps today because the bike is perfect and I didn't want to crash it!" said Espargaro.

When asked what he learned from his first days on the YZR-M1, Espargaro said that he had been focusing on the electronics package and trying to learn about how the feeling on the bike changed as they adjusted some of the settings.

"We finished the test with a used tyre and tried some electronic changes to see what happened when we used less anti-wheelie and more traction control. We tested a lot of things but still I need more laps to learn how to ride the bike with my style and know the electronic systems on the bike."

There is still plenty to learn, but Espargaro is confident that the path ahead is clear.

"It's difficult in three days to change everything. I have to do more laps and adapt more to the MotoGP bike and I need more experience to feel the movements and to be faster.

“So today we made a good step. We know how we can improve and that is good because sometimes you are lost and not able to improve, but we know the way to improve by working with electronics and picking up the bike.

“We know what we have to do and how to do it."
 

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Rossi and Galbusera pleased with first steps





Following their first day of work together in the Yamaha Factory Racing box Valentino Rossi and his new Crew Chief Silvano Galbusera reacted positively to the testing they carried out at Valencia.

Rossi finished second on Monday’s timesheet, less than 0.1s behind pace setting teammate Jorge Lorenzo as both riders spent some time evaluating the 2014 YZR-M1 alongside a 2013 reference machine.

Lorenzo and Rossi also made some laps with the new standard ECU that will be used as part of the 2014 regulations.

Rossi’s best time of 1'31.350 was registered with his 2013 bike and was significantly quicker than his fastest lap of 1'31.987 from Sunday’s race - as he adapted to working with incoming technician Galbusera, who replaces Jeremy Burgess.

Before the final race of 2013 at Valencia Rossi had stunned the paddock with his announcement that Burgess and he were to separate after 14 years of working together.

On Monday evening Rossi stated, “Today was very emotional, it was something different. We were working a long time with Jeremy so today was like a restart from the beginning but I’m happy and I’m satisfied with the day. I know Silvano already from Superbike as I did some testing in 2010 with the R1 together with him and I liked the way we worked. It’s just the first day but anyway it was a good day for me, I was faster and we worked well on the bike.”

He continued, “The condition of the track and the weather were perfect so I enjoyed it a lot. We worked with both bikes, I liked the new one a lot, it has good power exit from the corners and the chassis gives a good feeling on the front so the first impression is very positive.”

On his new job, meanwhile, Galbusera enthused, “For me it’s a great chance to work with him, because everybody knows the level of Valentino. The first contact is just to learn the bike and understand Valentino, before making changes and working like a normal technician.”

“It’s been good, the Japanese engineers prepared the test schedule. I don’t know the bike yet, so we just followed the test plan that we had in mind. The results have been good and tomorrow we’ll keep working in the same way, working on some of the critical weak points which Valentino has recently identified. Things don’t look too bad.”
 

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Man it must feel so amazing as a youngster to ride a MotoGP machine for the first time and realize you are now racing at the highest level in the world. What a life. Best of luck to those guys, looking forward to some fantastic racing next year.
 

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Edwards and Espargaro excited by new package



Colin Edwards and Aleix Espargaro teamed up for the first time on Tuesday as NGM Mobile Forward Racing ran its 2014 machine in Valencia.

Edwards remains with the Italian squad for a third year, whereas Espargaro moves across from Spain’s Power Electronics Aspar. For next season, Forward will be competing with a FTR-Yamaha package, with the Yamaha components of frame, engine and swingarm being provided on a lease basis under new regulations for 2014.

“It was a pleasure!” reported Edwards. “Obviously, I have a long history with Yamaha and it was nice to get ‘back home’. It feels good and the bike is good. We are still building and obviously had some initial comments today about seating position and handlebar position; whenever you are building a bike, you always run into these things, but it is feeling good.

“The geometry feels good, I’m happy with it, but I definitely had an issue with the electronics. We didn’t use something we have spent all year developing…you might ask yourself why: with Yamaha we have to take it one step at a time, let’s say, and they have a programme they wanted to put in and get some initial feedback on.”

As Edwards proudly described the bike as a ‘freight train’, Espargaro’s running was also limited but the Granollers rider was similarly impressed with the package.

“I’m happy,” he said. “I only did 17 laps today because we only have one bike and Colin was using it in the afternoon – so Colin used it this afternoon and I will continue working tomorrow. The first impression is really, really good. The bike is working really well and FTR has done a really good job in just four weeks’ time.

“We have a lot of work to do on electronics and also on the FTR things, such as the fairing, but after the first day and only half an hour on the track I’m really happy.”

Forward’s programme will continue on Wednesday, although forecasters are continuing to predict that rain will fall at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.
 

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Has the 2014 season started yet or what?? haha, Thx M for this thread, wanted to share Vale comments, he is happy and fast :)

“Today was very emotional, it was something different. We were working a long time with Jeremy so today

was like a restart from the beginning but I’m happy and I’m satisfied with the day. I know Silvano already from Superbike as I did some testing in 2010 with the R1 together with him and I liked the way we worked. It’s just the first day but anyway it was a good day for me, I was faster and we worked well on the bike. The condition of the track and the weather were perfect so I enjoyed it a lot. We worked with both bikes, I liked the new one a lot, it has good power exit from the corners and the chassis gives a good feeling on the front so the first impression is very positive.”

Monday 11 November, test Valencia: 2nd 1'31.350 +0.093




 

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Valencia MotoGP Test: Edwards: It's good to be back on a Yamaha



'I am happy to be back on a Yamaha, it feels good, the bike is good' - Colin Edwards


Experienced MotoGP veteran Colin Edwards was heartened following his first outing on the FTR Yamaha he will ride in the new open class in 2014.

The NGM Forward Racing rider shared the bike with Aleix Espargaro in Valencia, completing 34 laps and setting a fastest time of 1m 33.149s as he finished behind his Spanish team-mate in 16th position.

Edwards, a former Yamaha factory rider, said: “I am happy to be back on a Yamaha, it feels good, the bike is good. We are still building the bike with FTR, we have some initial comments from today – seating position, handlebar position – these are some of the things that when you are building a bike you have to work on but feeling pretty good about it.

“The geometry of the bikes feels good, maybe a couple of tweaks here and there but I am happy with it.

“I definitely had issues with the electronics today, it is something that we spent all this year developing and didn't get to use, you might ask yourself why,” he added.

“Obviously with Yamaha we have to take it one step at a time and they have a programme that they want to put in, get some initial feedback into it, they know the bikes works good on that programme, so we had to run that.”


 

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B]Yamaha exceeds Espargaro's expectations



'The first impression is really good, the bike is working well, FTR did a really good job in just four weeks time so I am really happy' - Aleix Espargaro

NGM Forward Racing's Aleix Espargaro was full of praise for the new open class FTR Yamaha M1 after giving the machine its debut in Valencia.

Esparago, who dominated the CRT class this season, said the performance of the production racer exceeded his expectations as he lapped in 1m 32.847s to finish ahead of team-mate Colin Edwards in 15th position after the pair shared the bike at the Spanish circuit.

“I am happy; I did not expect the bike to be this good right from the start,” he said.

“I just did 17 laps today because we only have one bike and Colin used it in the afternoon, I will continue working tomorrow.

“The first impression is really good, the bike is working well, FTR did a really good job in just four weeks time so I am really happy,” Espargaro added.

“We have a lot to do in terms of the electronics and in other little things but it being the first day today out on the bike.

“To be the first day, I was able to push a few laps and it means we are doing things well.”
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Hayden 'really happy' after Honda bow



'There is a lot to learn and I need to build a relationship with the mechanics but I am really happy with today for a first shakedown' - Nicky Hayden

Nicky Hayden made the most of his first ride on Honda's new MotoGP production racer to clock up 76 laps in Valencia as the American rider made an impressive bow on the RCV1000R.

Hayden saved his best until last, lapping in 1m 32.567s on his final lap to slot into 13th position on the time sheets ahead of Pramac Ducati's Yonny Hernandez and the NGM Forward Racing Yamahas of Coin Edwards and Aleix Espargaro.

With poor weather forecast for the final day of the test in Spain on Wednesday, Hayden didn't want to waste any time getting to grips with the Honda after Hiroshi Aoyama had tested the bike on Monday.

The 2006 world champion declared himself 'really happy' with his first impressions of the new machine as he looks forward to a fresh challenge in the premier class next season.

“It was exciting to get to work with a new team and a new bike. This is a new project and there is a long road ahead but that's what makes it so interesting,” said Hayden.

“I really enjoyed my first contact with the bike. There is a lot to learn and I need to build a relationship with the mechanics but I am really happy with today for a first shakedown.

“The team has helped me a lot and I had a lot of engineers around me all day. We can see how much work there is to do but the base is solid,” he added.

“We couldn't have had better conditions to ride in today. It would have been nice to finish with some stronger lap times but overall we're happy.”
 

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Nicky Hayden returns to Honda



UPDATE 2:Nicky Hayden finished the day with a best lap time of 1m 32.576s, good enough for 13th out of the 20 riders. Hayden, who beat his best race lap time on the Ducati, was 2.040s behind Honda's Marc Marquez but quickest of the 'Open' class riders.

UPDATE 1: By 3pm Nicky Hayden had improved to a 1m 32.582s, moving him to eleventh on the timesheets, a fraction behind former Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.

Nicky Hayden rode his first Honda MotoGP laps since 2008 during testing at Valencia on Tuesday.

Hayden raced for the factory Honda team from his 2003 grand prix debut until joining Ducati for 2009 - taking 23 podiums, three race wins and the final 990cc title.

The American, ninth in this year's standings, is returning to Honda on the new privateer 'Open' class RCV1000R run by the Aspar team.

As of 2pm, with three hours of Tuesday testing remaining, Hayden had completed 36 laps, the best of which was 2.344s behind Repsol Honda's newly crowned world champion Marc Marquez, placing Hayden 15th out of the 20 riders.

Hayden's 1m 33.023s lap time matches new team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama's Monday best. Hayden's fastest Ducati lap in Sunday's grand prix was a 1m 32.764s.

The Honda 'Production Racer' is based on the title-winning RC213V, but without the seamless shift gearbox and pneumatic valves. Like all non-factory entries it must also use the full standard ECU package, but has four litres of extra race fuel available and the option of twelve instead of five engines changes during the year.

After five tough years at Ducati, which yielded just three podiums, Hayden has 'Reset & Push Harder' written on his helmet and fuel tank for this week's test.

Aspar won both seasons of the former 'CRT' privateer class with Aleix Espargaro and Aprilia machinery.
 

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Aspar debut for Hayden on Honda RCV1000R



Nicky Hayden clocked up 76 laps in Tuesday Valencia testing and saved his best lap until last.

After Hiroshi Aoyama tested the Aspar Team's new Honda machine yesterday, clocking a best time of 1’33.020, Tuesday was the turn of his new teammate Hayden to do so.

With poor weather forecast for Wednesday the American did not want to waste a minute of available track time and he threw his leg over the new machine no sooner had pit-lane opened at 10am.

By around 2pm he had dropped his lap times to 1’32.582 but with his 76th and final lap of the day he went even faster with a 1’32.576. Although that is over two seconds off Marc Marquez test pace, these are early days for the rider with his new team and new package.

The Kentuckian rider enthused: “This is a new project and there is a long road ahead but that's what makes it so interesting. I really enjoyed my first contact with the bike. There is a lot to learn and I need to build a relationship with the mechanics but I am really happy with today for a first shakedown.”

“The team has helped me a lot and I had a lot of engineers around me all day. We can see how much work there is to do but the base is solid. We couldn't have had better conditions to ride in today. It would have been nice to finish with some stronger lap times but overall we're happy.”
 

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Crutchlow reflects on first Ducati Team day



Englishman Cal Crutchlow tested the Ducati Desmosedici in Valencia on Monday and spent the day working with his new team, as preparations for next season commenced in earnest.

Crutchlow, who continues with Crew Chief Daniele Romagnoli with whom he previously worked at Monster Yamaha Tech3, now looks to improve the fortunes of the Italian factory in the premier class. Alongside existing Ducati Team rider Andrea Dovizioso - previously his Tech3 teammate, in 2012 - Crutchlow will also work with new Ducati Corse General Manager Gigi Dall’Igna.

“Different!” he summed up his opening day. “The Ducati was something I wasn’t used to. After three years, a different manufacturer is always going to feel alien, but I enjoyed it and it was good fun. Working with the Ducati crew is very different to what I’m used to but good, so we’re excited about the next few days.”

During Monday’s test, Crutchlow put in 39 laps on this year’s Ducati, adapting to the machine and eventually notching up the sixth best time of the day on his 36th tour.

“As with anything, I’m used to something else, so it just doesn’t do what I’m used to but maybe that’s just the way this bike works and I have to adapt to it,” the Coventry-born rider continued. “We definitely found some positives with the bike: with the braking on the straight, we are able to stop in a lot shorter a distance than I was yesterday or the day before. Also, the acceleration and gearbox feel a lot better to what I’m used to. There were also some negatives but that is why we were giving the good feedback to the Ducati guys. Dovi and I seemed to be saying very similar things, which is good, so they can create a project for next year.”

Crutchlow’s 1'32.054 quickest time compared favorably to his best race lap from Sunday on the Tech3 Yamaha (1'32.369) and was just over one tenth of a second slower than the efforts of Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing).
 
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MOTOGP » Valencia MotoGP Test: Crutchlow: It was a challenging day



'We didn't go as fast as yesterday, but would've gone faster as we changed the bike really drastically' - Cal Crutchlow


Cal Crutchlow blamed a lack of front-end grip after a second day spill at the Valencia MotoGP test on the factory Ducati.

Crutchlow was unable to better his time from Monday as he ended the day in 11th position behind Andrea Iannone on the Pramac Ducati with a time of 1m 32.114s.

Despite the minor setback, the British star felt the second day of the shakedown was a positive experience overall.

“Obviously we're just getting to grips with the Ducati, riding around doing as much as possible. We didn't do a lot of laps, but made a lot of changes,” he said.

“The team's working good, they're listening to my comments a lot, and Gigi [Dall'Igna] is here gathering information. It was a more challenging day for me today, but positive in the end.

“We didn't go as fast as yesterday, but would've gone faster as we changed the bike really drastically at the end of the day and seemed to have found something, but it was a compromise, as I had rear grip but little front grip and crashed,” added Crutchlow.

“I think we could've been in the mid-31s if we had pushed.”

Andrea Dovizioso, meanwhile, fared best of the Ducati riders as he ended the session in eighth position on the GP13.

Dovizioso, whose best lap time was 1m 31.661s, tried an updated chassis and used a new fairing he initially tested on Monday.

He also experimented with updated electronics settings to cope with the reduced fuel-capacity limit for 2014.

“We tested a new frame today, but there isn't really much difference so we didn't improve a lot. We also tested a different fairing and some different settings, things we've already tested but this time to give feedback to Gigi.

“The lap time is quite fast, but everyone was quite fast because the conditions were good. At the end it was difficult to make a lap time because the sun was very low.

“I'm happy about the lap time at the end but the bike is similar to during the weekend.”
 
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