MotoGP™ had its most recent Official Testing session over the past three days. Last week we recapped the first Official Testing session and the storylines coming out of it. First, would have to be Dani Pedrosa and his three day dominance. He narrowly had the best lap on the first day over 2012 World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo, but increased the margin on the second and third days of testing. The second storyline would have to be that the top four riders were the same all three days. Dani Pedrosa finished first. Jorge Lorenzo finished second. Marc Marquez finished third on days one and two and fourth on day three and Valentino Rossi finished fourth. Finally, the emergence of 20-year old rookie Marc Marquez. The reigning Moto2 World Champion had moved up to the MotoGP™ and was holding his own with the best riders in the world. What storylines would come from these three days?
Rain cut the first day short, but not after Dani Pedrosa took his spot atop the standings. Pedrosa posted a 2:01.580, his worst lap of any testing day in 2013. Still, it was enough to for him to claim the top lap. He was ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, who has been behind him everyday of testing so far. Lorenzo’s 2:01.815 was 0.235 seconds slower than Pedrosa. Marc Marquez finished third and LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl was fourth with a top lap of 2:01.959. Speaking to MotoGP.com, Bradl thought he could improve in some areas, mainly braking. "By the end of our running we had found ourselves in a good position, so that was good. We still have some things to try in terms of geometry and lifting the bike and I also suffered a bit today with braking – it wasn’t as stable as at the last test." In fifth place was Lorenzo’s teammate Valentino Rossi. Rossi’s best lap was 2:02.028, 0.448 seconds slower than the lead lap.
For the first time all testing season, Dani Pedrosa did not have the best lap of the day. Jorge Lorenzo ran the best lap for the Yamaha Factory Racing Team. His 2:00.282 on the 32nd lap was 0.369 seconds better than Pedrosa. Don’t think that will satisfy the 2012 World Champion though, recapping his performance from the week. “The speed of this track changes a lot," sad Lorenzo, "Yesterday I did a 2m 0.2s in the heat of the middle of the day. If it didn't rain last night and we could push at 10am this morning, I'm sure we could have done a 1m 59s." His time of 2:00.282 would remain the best lap of the second Official Testing, but who would post the best lap the final day on Thursday?
The final day finished the way five out of the six testing days in 2013 finished, with Dani Pedrosa posting the fastest lap. His 2:00.562 was 0.081 faster than his rookie teammate Marc Marquez. Marquez didn’t seem to have any lingering affects from a mild wreck on the final day of the last Official Testing. Following the two members of the Respol Honda Team were the teammates from the Yamaha Factory Racing Team. Jorge Lorenzo finished in third with a top lap of 2:00.992, followed by Valentino Rossi who completed a top lap of 2:01.062. Rounding out the top five was Alvaro Bautista. Bautista’s top time lap of 2:01.078 was 0.516 seconds off the top lap of the day. The Ducati team placed two riders in the top-10 as, Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden finished in eighth and ninth respectively. The story continued to be the Dani Pedrosa’s dominance. It is starting to turn from a storyline to a theme for the testing days, but will it carry over once everything starts to count, April 7th?
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