Márquez visits Barcelona hospital after trip to Texas

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Following last week’s private test in Austin and a long-haul flight back to Europe, Marc Márquez visited Barcelona’s Sant Joan de Déu hospital on Tuesday morning.

In Texas, the 2013 rookie had locked out all three days at Circuit of the Americas, which will be hosting Round 2 of the season. Back on more familiar ground today, the 20-year-old met children suffering from life-threatening diseases and was presented with 500 copies of ‘Las Manos Mágicas’ (‘The Magic Hands’, a book on his triumphant 2012 Moto2™ season written by Spanish journalist Emilio Pérez de Rozas). The books will be available through donations as all proceeds go towards the ‘Hospital Amic’ scheme in order to improve the children’s lives.

"It is very rewarding to be involved with such a project - especially when you see the children smiling," Márquez told motogp.com. "They are the important ones amongst us and we are just doing our bit to boost this project and help them to recover."

So far this year, Márquez has made a strong impression in the MotoGP™ paddock as he threatens to enjoy a highly sucessful maiden season in the premier class.

"We rode a couple of laps on the scooter, but I think the key was taking the test with a lot of calm – especially at the beginning when looking for the best lines," he says of Texas. "We planned it all very well. I liked the track from the start, I adapted to it and that was important…of course, the result was better than I was expecting but we have to look at the reality and not expect to go so well (all year)."

He went on to explain that he is now more at ease with his machinery:

"I started to enjoy myself more on the bike. I am a little looser. There are still moments in which I stiffen up, but I don’t think tensing up or being looser really makes a difference between going faster or slower. Riding loose just allows me to be more consistent - and able to use my bodyweight more when the tyres go off. In general I felt very good, especially at the end of the second and third days."

Márquez now has just three days of track activity in front of him prior to the season-opening race in Qatar, as MotoGP™ tests in Jerez from Saturday to Monday.

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