Márquez fastest on second day in Valencia

Márquez fastest on second day in Valencia

12 November 2013 – Marc Márquez set the pace as his 2014 preparations began in Valencia on Tuesday. The Repsol Honda rider, who became the first rookie in 35 seasons to claim the title last weekend, clocked a best time of 1:30.536 to edge out Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo.

Having sat out the first day of the test, along with team-mate Dani Pedrosa, Márquez was quick to showcase his speed on Honda's new machine, surviving a wild moment at Turn 6 to end the day 0.232 seconds clear of outgoing World Champion Lorenzo.

Pedrosa finished third, marginally ahead of LCR rider Stefan Bradl. Gresini's Álvaro Bautista and Tech 3's Bradley Smith followed, while Valentino Rossi, whose rapport-building continues with new crew chief Silvano Galbusera, wound up seventh.

Andrea Dovizioso was the quickest of the factory Ducatis, three positions and four tenths quicker than new team-mate Cal Crutchlow. Pol Espargaró (Tech 3) and Andrea Iannone (Pramac) ended the second day in ninth and 10th respectively.

There was a brief red flag period late in the afternoon when Paul Bird rider Michael Laverty lost control of his bike upon entry to Turn 4. The Briton escaped unharmed.

MotoGP testing continues at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo on Wednesday morning

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