2014 Valencia Test, Day 3

by Bruce Allen

Final day of testing at Valencia 11/13/2013.  Results courtesy of Crash.net.

Young man has the world by the balls.

Young man has the world by the balls.

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)

What’s Bradley Smith doing up there with the four RC213V’s?  Pretty surprising.  Pol Espargaro is getting off to a great start on his shiny new YZR-M1.  Joe Iannone the fastest of the Ducati sloggers?  I guess.  Dovizioso and Crutchlow getting comfortable running 9th and 10th, with Dovizioso claiming to be “optimistic” about next year.  “Optimistic”, in this case, meaning only one year away from escaping from Ducati and getting back on a competitive ride.    Nicky Hayden’s second day not as good as his first, dawdling around with Hiro Aoyama.  Crazy.

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