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Marc Marquez showed the amount of progress he has made during the Phillip Island test by ending the final day on top of the timesheets.
MotoGP™’s three-day Australian pre-season test ended today at Phillip Island, with Marc Marquez finishing the final day on top of the timesheets. It was a very productive test for the Repsol Honda Team, which made further progress on the new unified software and collected much valuable information on tyres and bike settings. This data will be valuable as the HRC engineers return to Japan and continue their work.
With the day opening under a heavy sky that threatened rain, Marquez immediately began to lap strongly, setting very consistent lap times that put him second quickest. Unfortunately, rain started to fall around noon, resulting in a long wait in the garage until just after 3pm. When the action resumed, Marquez took over at the top of the timesheets with a 1’29.158 lap that remained the fastest time of the day. In his last exit, Marquez crashed in Turn 9, with no consequences. Marquez today completed a total of 64 laps, with his best time occurring on lap 48.
This time was good enough for second on the combined timesheets, just 0.027s behind the fastest man over the three days, Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar).
Riders and teams will be back on track for the final official preseason test in Qatar on the 2nd-4th March.
Marc Marquez: “Overall, these three days have been very good. I’m especially happy with today, because we have taken a big step forward. In the afternoon I managed to maintain a consistently fast pace, and this was the first time this preseason that I've started to feel good with the bike and the new tyres. It’s a pity that at the end of the session when we wanted to try something else, it was too late. I was pushing hard at the same time, I lost the front and crashed. The important thing is that I was unhurt and the work we’ve done has been positive. Yesterday we focused on adjusting the electronics and finding a good base, and today I think we did a good job looking for balance in the setup of the bike.”