Marquez makes MotoGP debut at test
They had to wait for the wet track to sufficiently dry out, but several MotoGP newcomers were able to make their debut on the second day of 2013 season testing at Valencia.
Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez finally got to try out his new machine, and the Spaniard made an immediate impact, setting the seventh quickest time of the day - just a shade over a second off the fastest time, set by teammate Dani Pedrosa.
Pedrosa, who was evaluating the 2013 Honda against the one he raced with last Sunday, was the first out on track with slick tyres and topped the day's times with a 1.32'322.
The Ducati team also managed to get a few valuable laps under their belt while evaluating new parts and chassis settings, with new-boy Andrea Dovizioso finishing sixth and teammate Nicky Hayden fourth.
Pramac Ducati's Andrea Iannone was one of only a handful of riders to take to the wet track earlier in the day, ending the timesheets in ninth, while his partner and new Ducati test rider Michele Pirro, in for the injured Ben Spies, waited for the dry track before finishing in eighth place.
Cal Crutchlow, riding for Monster Yamaha Tech 3, took to the track with just under an hour remaining and set the second quickest time of the day. His teammate Bradley Smith, making his debut on the M1 Yamaha, was the first rookie out on track in the morning and finished the day in 11th place.
The Go & Fun Honda Gresini team had a very productive day's testing, with Álvaro Bautista finishing fifth quickest and teammate Stefan Bradl third.
The Factory Yamaha Team, featuring riders Valentino Rosso and Jorge Lorenzo, had opted to leave Valencia on Tuesday evening to take part in a one-day test at another Spanish circuit, Aragón.
It did not turn out to be the best decision, with more rain and a crash for Lorenzo hampering their progress. Lorenzo was unhurt, fortunately, while Rossi said afterwards that he was happy with his bike, which he felt was largely unchanged from the last time he rode the 800cc in 2010.