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Pedrosa quickest in Valencia

Dani Pedrosa topped the times on the second and final of the MotoGP test at Valencia, as Bradley Smith and Marc Marquez made their debuts.

Repsol Honda's Pedrosa, runner-up in the 2012 championship, sat out Tuesday's running in cold and wet conditions but was able to get in some meaningful running during a dry afternoon today.

The Spaniard set a best time of one minute 32.322 seconds to lead Briton's Cal Crutchlow on the first of the Tech 3 Yamahas, with the factory Yamaha squad not present after Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi switched to the Aragon circuit.

Stefan Bradl marked the news of his two-year contract extension with the LCR Honda team by posting the third-fastest time, ahead of the Ducati of 2006 world champion Nicky Hayden.

Alvaro Bautista, who led the way in Tuesday's running, was fifth ahead of Andrea Dovizioso as the Italian gets to grips with his new Ducati.

Moto 2 champion Marquez, Repsol Honda's replacement for the retired Casey Stoner, was next up as he got his first run on MotoGP machinery.

Oxfordshire racer Smith also got his maiden top-class miles under his belt on his Tech 3 Yamaha after the duo had been among those to sit out Tuesday.

Smith, who ended the day 11th, said: "Today was a fantastic moment in my career and it is great to finally get chance to test the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1 bike.

"Today more than made up for yesterday's disappointment when I couldn't ride because of the weather and it actually worked out great for me because I rode in the wet and dry, and this is brilliant to help me build up my experience.

"Obviously the bike is completely different to anything I have ridden before, but it is an unbelievable machine. The power is incredible and in the dry when I came on the straight for the first time, I just had a huge smile.

"The level of technology is really impressive but I was able to consistently improve my time with every run and I am leaving very satisfied with my performance and confident in my potential for the future.

"Cal followed me for a couple of laps and gave me some tips and I really appreciate that."