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Fifth overall at the Sepang test for Marc Marquez as he is left with work to do before the season.
Chassis set up was a major focus for Marc Marquez on the final day of the three-day Sepang test. The Repsol Honda rider set his best time of the event, a 2’00.843 on Tuesday and was able to set a 2’00.883 on Wednesday during his 45 laps on track. His Tuesday time sees him end the test in fifth overall, over a second off the best time of Jorge Lorenzo. Despite the gap Marquez leaves Sepang feeling positive, but aware there is still room for improvement. The MotoGP™ paddock will now head to Phillip Island in two weeks for the second of three off season tests, it is unlikely that Honda will bring another major engine upgrade for the factory team but a change f circuit will allow Marquez and Dani Pedrosa to verify their Sepang findings. Before the test however, Marquez will head to Jakarta on the 14th of February for the Repsol Honda team launch.
Marc Marquez: “The last day went quite well because we improved every day here in Sepang. We are still far from where we'd like to be, but I think we have taken a good step forward and slowly we're getting there. We are working hard and there is room for improvement, which is what we have to focus on. Today I worked a lot on the electronics and the chassis, understanding what setup for the bike is best for the new tyres. We also tested various types of front tyres with different profiles. Overall, these three days have been positive."