Marquez signs off with quickest time at Valencia
Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez posted the quickest time at the traditional end-of-season MotoGP test at Valencia, as variable weather over the three days gave the riders the chance to evaluate their 2015-spec machinery in a wide range of track conditions.
Marquez set the best time of the test late on the final day, his lap time of 1’30.973 being just two-thousandths quicker than the time set by Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo on the first day of the test.
Twenty-seven MotoGP riders set times during the Valencia test which ran from the 10th to the 12th of November, with the riders completing a total of 2,710 laps over the three days. There was fine weather on the first and last day of the test, while heavy rain on Tuesday gave provided the opportunity for the riders to test Bridgestone’s wet tires. The majority of the slick tire compound options available to the riders were the same as what Bridgestone provided at last weekend’s Valencia Grand Prix, with the exception being a new specification hard compound rear slick for the Valencia circuit being made available to the Factory Honda and Yamaha riders.
The next official MotoGP group test takes place at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit from February 2-7 next year.
Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport tire Development Department
“We had every type of track condition over the three days of testing, from fully wet to fully dry, so we were able to acquire a lot of useful data on the 2015 specification machines. Although the wet weather resulted in many riders not heading out on track on Tuesday, it did allow the rookie riders to get acquainted with our wet tires, an opportunity that doesn’t often occur in the winter tests. Thanks to the riders we now have a lot of reference data to help us develop our race tires for 2015 which the riders will get to evaluate at Sepang next February.”