|Marquez flying in Austin
Photo: Repsol Honda
Spanish sensation Marc Marquez has topped the time sheets yet again at the Circuit of the Americas ending the final day of the test 6 tenths faster than experienced team mate Dani Pedrosa. The private test in Austin for two days consisted of the Repsol Honad team sharing the circuit with factory-backed Honda man Stefan Bradl and the factory Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi – however at the end of Day 2, Yamaha packed up and went home satisfied with the work they had done.
A lot of the work carried out over the last few days for the Honda riders focused on learning the circuit, recently built CoTA will be holding it’s first MotoGP on 21 April. Marquez and Pedrosa have shaved off around 8 seconds from their original laps on Day 1 during the three day test.
Marc Marquez used the test to continue getting used to the MotoGP machine, said: “This final day has been good for me. From the beginning I had the same feeling as yesterday and especially this morning we started to try some technical settings for the first time and we found some big improvements. After lunch we were considering a race simulation but in the end we spent the time working with the electronics. It’s been important to come and test here as we will be here for the second race. It’s quite a physical track – especially the first sector – but in the end, we now know the track a little and we have a good base for when we come here for the GP”
Dani Pedrosa, who sat out the afternoon of the final day due to straining his neck in the morning said “After the first exit this morning I had a pain in my neck, I’m not sure what caused it but it affected my riding so I decided not to do so many laps today. Everything has gone well though in general, we had three positive days and I’m happy we came here, because we were able to put in many laps of this circuit which is very tricky and difficult. There are some heavy braking points and some blind corners, so it was important to test here to find the references. We weren’t able to try much in terms of settings, because we didn’t know the track and the surface wasn’t 100% with so few riders here, but we’ve been improving. We only tried the soft compound tyre, but in general the feeling is positive. I’d like to thank Honda for making the effort to come here, it has been valuable and I am very grateful!”
The riders will now rest until the final official pre-season test from 23-25 March in Jerez ahead of the first Grand Prix in Qatar on April 7.