Moto2 World Champion and MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez finally found dry weather in Malaysia today, the young Spaniard impressive as always in lapping the Sepang Circuit in 2:01.355 on his Repsol Honda – a time that would have put him eighth on the grid in this year’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
Marquez spent the majority of the day riding the 2012 Honda RC213V, but also tested the 2013 prototype Honda that his teammate Dani Pedrosa previously tested in Valencia. In total, Marquez completed 60 laps of Sepang.
“Today we finally had dry conditions for the whole day,” Marquez said in a team release. “In the morning the track was a little wet still from yesterday, but it dried up pretty quickly and we were able to go out on track at around 11:30 a.m. and make use of the entire day. In the first exit we improved our time from yesterday, which is definitely a positive. Then we tried some new set ups and I started to understand the bike better and my confidence began to grow.
I also tried the 2013 prototype today, which felt good, but it’s more important that I take my time to learn the MotoGP bike and adapt my riding style to suit these bigger machines. It’s been a great day and I hope the weather remains dry for tomorrow so we can cover more laps and continue to learn.”
Marquez has one more day of his three-day test.