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Times drop as Márquez leads at halfway point in Austin

Times drop as Márquez leads at halfway point in Austin

On the second day of the private MotoGP™ test at the Circuit of the Americas it is Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Márquez who leads proceedings at the mid-day point as times dropped across the board.

Having already had a day’s worth of running yesterday, the riders continued to adapt to the new circuit that is proving to be quite technical. Márquez, who was also quickest yesterday, set a new best time of 2’04.363, ahead of a much-improved Stefan Bradl, placing his LCR Honda MotoGP machine second after completing 17 laps with a 2'04.640.

Márquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa nearly managed a Honda top-three with a 2’04.686, seeing his time from yesterday drop by nearly four tenths after 21 laps, yet Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo narrowly beat him with a 2'04.664. The Yamaha outfit, which yesterday cited that it had much work to do to catch up to its Japanese rivals, saw not only Lorenzo’s time improve, as teammate Valentino Rossi also upped his pace by nearly a second to 2'05.518. Rossi, who is still quite a bit off the pace, put in the most laps of the morning with 29.

Yamaha has already stated that it will not contest the final day of testing at the track tomorrow, as it will have gathered all the data it wants by the end of today.

Marc Márquez

“Today we continued along the same line as yesterday, we tried to find the best gearbox, the best electronic settings and the best geometry on this track. Especially in the beginning the track was quite slippery. I didn’t expect that, as I thought that after yesterday the grip would be better, but then lap by lap it was better and for this afternoon I think it will be good.

“To be consistent is very difficult because it has many hard braking points and it’s tough to stay concentrated and always brake at the same point.

“When we are on the track and ride with the other riders, like Stefan, Valentino, Lorenzo and Dani, you need to pay attention. You can’t show what is your line, what it the best line, because then they can learn something. But also when I try to follow them they close…so I do the same thing.”

Dani Pedrosa

“I’m just doing more laps. That’s it. The grip is very similar to yesterday, so I’m just getting used to doing some changes on the gearbox to feel a little bit more comfortable through the corners with the gears. Also we’re trying some changes on the suspension. But as this is not a reference place for us, or anybody, it’s hard to judge if you change some things on the bike.

“It’s really hard to judge [Bridgestone tyre performance], as there are only five bikes riding and not much rubber on the ground. Today we’ll be trying some new things, but basically the grip is so low that it’s hard to go harder on the specs.”

MotoGP, 2013

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