Marquez: "I thought I would take a little longer…"

Marquez was on fire in Sepang today

Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez were back on track today at the first official test of 2013 in Sepang and they did not get off to a slow start, Pedrosa topping the time sheets with Marquez in third just four hundredths off his experienced team mate. Lorenzo was sandwiched between the two riders, only eight thousandths behind Pedrosa. Yamaha returnee Valentino Rossi was fourth, four tenths adrift.

Many have been impressed with Marquez’ instant speed, even himself it would seem – claiming he thought it would take longer to get back up to speed. “I’m very happy with how the first day went, because you always have a few nerves after a couple of months out. I thought that I would take a little longer to get back ‘on it’, but right from the opening laps I felt very comfortable on the bike. We picked up confidence from the start, although obviously we can still improve. I don’t think the result today should be used as a reference point, because we are all trying out new things. I focused on simply finding a good setup and getting comfortable on the bike. I tried to put in a good time so that the day’s testing had a purpose”

Pedrosa said: “It’s the first day back testing after the winter break. We’ve spent three months off the bike and the feeling from the first day testing is positive. The track was in good condition and we were able to put in a lot of laps at a good pace, thanks to it not being especially hot. I haven’t ridden since the November test in Valencia, so today has been a first step to getting back on the pace. We didn’t play about with the setup today, but we will move onto that in the remaining two days of testing”

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