Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez has finished the final day of testing at Motorland Aragón, near Alcañiz, where once again he was lapping very closely to Casey Stoner’s lap record breaking pace from 2011.
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Yesterday was the first opportunity for Marquez to familiarise himself with riding a MotoGP prototype around the Aragón circuit and managed to dip under Stoner’s pole record from 2011 before the day was out. Today, the rookie continued to test different setups for the circuit, along with new parts from Honda and the new Bridgestone tyres available. He completed a further 60 laps on his 2013 machine, setting a fastest time of 1m 48.496 on lap 51, six hundredths of a second slower than yesterday and still four tenths off Lorenzo’s time from Wednesday.
Marquez also got his hands on the ‘2014 machine’ for 13 laps today, giving feedback to the engineers to aid the development of the bike when it returns to HQ in Japan. HRC have already said that if Marquez or his team mate Pedrosa so wished, the ‘2014 bike’ would be available to them both later this year; however, after setting a lap time nearly six tenths slower on the new bike today with little opportunity to form a setup, Marquez has opted to stick with his current motorcycle for the time being. A wise choice. “It’s been a positive test here in Aragon – which is one of my favourite circuits. I have learned quite a lot in these two days, in the beginning I struggled a lot in the long corners but together with my team we have progressed and today I was able to ride well, with a good rhythm. I’ve tested many things and every exit we had a different setting! Now I understand the bike a lot more than at the start of the season and after a few laps I am now able to understand if we have a good setting or not. Yesterday I concentrated on the coming GP’s and tuning the bike in preparation. Then today I tested new parts, some items with Öhlins and also a new tyre from Bridgestone. I was also able to complete 13 laps on the 2014 prototype machine. The first feeling was quite good and the engine has some improvement. With the chassis, there is also an improvement but also some areas to work on but we didn’t do any setup work on the bike. Anyway, this is a very good base for the HRC engineers to work from but at the moment I prefer our current 2013 machine”