|Marquez in action at Jerez today
Photo: Repsol Honda
Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez weren’t hesitant in pushing their bike to the limit in testing at a saturated Jerez.
Both riders used the opportunity to work on wet set-ups at the final pre-season test, which was especially important for MotoGP rookie Marquez.
The 19 year old set the third fastest lap of the day, a 1.48.524, just 1.1 seconds behind fastest man Jorge Lorenzo “Today was a very important day for us, because we tried out the bike in the wet. In Malaysia we only did four laps in the wet and it wasn’t as wet as it was here. We’ve made steady improvement in these conditions. I was very rigid on the bike at the start, but improved and realised it is very important to be smooth. Also, I notice wet tyres wear quite quickly at this track. This is something I have to learn how to manage, because they can catch you out. I also learnt that traction control in the wet is much more important than in the dry. We still have a lot to improve. We have a good fast lap, but need to improve on used tyres and on our own consistency”
Teammate Pedrosa set the second fastest time of the day, a 1.48.474 and finished the day early hoping for some dry track-time tomorrow. “Today was the first day of testing here in Jerez and we were able to try various things in the wet. We had some very productive laps, as the asphalt was very wet. Sometimes there isn’t enough water on the track and the conditions aren’t adequate. The feeling with the bike is very positive, because after so many days riding in the dry it was good to go out in the wet. Let’s see if in the coming days we have more luck and can ride more in the dry, in order to try out the last few things before the season starts”