2013 MotoGP seasons gets off on a slow start
The first official MotoGP test for the 2013 season in Valencia got off to a slow start as cold temperatures and rain hampered teams’ efforts however it didn’t stop Álvaro Bautista from topping the mid-day timesheets, and Valentino Rossi making his Yamaha debut.
GO & FUN Honda Gresini’s Bautista set the fastest time of 1.35’936 on a still dry but cold track in the morning. MotoGP veteran Loris Capirossi took to the track on Bradley Smith’s Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine, with the Brit choosing to sit out the not-so ideal conditions for his premier-class debut. LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl set the third fastest time, opting to ride his current bike, and not risk it on the 2013 version which sat in his garage. Andrea Dovizioso timed his Ducati debut well, managing to get the last few minutes of dry track time to go fourth quickest.
Valentino Rossi undertook a few shakedown laps on the Yamaha in the morning, but did not head out for fast laps until the rain had arrived. At the halfway point of the test he was in sixth place, behind Avintia Blusens’ Hiroshi Aoyama. Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaró continued working on his new chassis, ahead of Michele Pirro, who made his debut as Ducati’s test rider, in place of the injured Ben Spies in the Pramac team.
Cardion AB Racing’s Karel Abraham debuted his ART machine in the morning, but did not head out in the initial wet period, whilst Claudio Corti was evaluating both a Suter and FTR machine for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing team. Randy de Puniet did a few short stints on his ART bike, and Colin Edwards focussed only on the FRT chassis, exiting solely after the rain had come down heavily. Avintia’s Héctor Barberá made numerous excursions out on track, yet did not set a time.
With the less than favourable conditions no other rider took to the track this morning however the circuit is open for the tests till 17:00h.
Following a breath-taking Moto GP race in the championship finale in Valencia the teams are now back on the track for a three day official test that kicks off the 2013 season.
Whilst Moto2 made the most of the yesterday´s sunny weather, the MotoGP class this morning had to face cold ambient temperatures and constantly drizzling rain with heavy showers at times.
Di-ve.com presents the first glimpse of what MotoGP fans can expect for the 2013 season as men and machines face the wet track to try out their 2013 bikes.
The 2013 season sees a number of rider transfers amongst which Rossi´s return to Yamaha, Dovizioso´s move to Ducati, and Spies jump to Ducati Pramac.