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MotoGP™ gets first run out in Austin

MotoGP™ gets first run out in Austin

As some of the MotoGP™ regulars get their first run out at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, it is Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Márquez who has been fastest out of the blocks at the mid-day point.

In the private test that sees just the Repsol Honda Team, LCR Honda MotoGP and Yamaha Factory Racing contest three days at the new circuit, rookie Márquez has continued to impress after posting a 2’08.651 after 12 laps, which is over a second quicker than second placed Jorge Lorenzo, who managed a 2’09.817 on his Yamaha M1.

His teammate Valentino Rossi did the most laps of all before lunch with 17, coming in third with a 2’10.580, ahead of Repsol’s Dani Pedrosa with a 2’11.445 and LCR’s Stefan Bradl. Bradl only managed six laps and did not get to post a competitive time with a 2’14.705.

Márquez spoke with during his lunch break about his first outing on Texan soil: “At the moment step-by-step. We are still getting to know the track. It’s quite difficult, especially the first part; and the grip of the track in the beginning was not so good and the bike was sliding a lot. But it’s improving and now we are quite good. But we need to improve a lot with the set-up and especially the electronics side, but we are working well.

“One of the characteristics of the circuit is that is has quite a lot of hard braking points, and this makes it difficult to find the best compromise on the set-up. The trickiest part of the track is the first part, where you have this left-right-left-right. For a rider it’s quite difficult to find the best line and best compromise to be fast, but not take a lot of risks. And also the last part has three right corners in a row, where it’s also difficult to find the best line.” 

Most teams will not take much notice of the early times set, as both riders and teams are learning the circuit, which is the third longest on the MotoGP™ calendar. It is also a learning curve for Bridgestone, which is setting out to verify which tyre compound to use for the track. Early information is that the tyre is of symmetrical design and will have to cope with an abrasive surface.

MotoGP, 2013

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