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Marc Marquez improved his feeling when cornering during the second day of testing in Qatar, finishing in ninth on the timesheets.
Night two of the pre-season test at Losail International Circuit saw Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez enter the track a few minutes after 18:00 Local Time, with his teammate Dani Pedrosa following immediately afterward.
On his first run, Marquez improved on Wednesday’s time by nearly half a second before crashing without consequences at Turn 1. He was able to quickly re-join the action and tried various chassis settings with his RC213V. With approximately one hour remaining, Marquez also tried a new aerodynamic solution, using a new fairing with winglets.
The double MotoGP™ World Champion rode 42 laps on Thursday evening, with his best time of 1’56.046 occurring on lap 4 just before his crash. This time was good enough for ninth on the day, 0.610s off the pace of Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) at the top of the timesheets.
Friday marks the final day of official preseason testing for MotoGP™ with the action kicking off at 16:00 Local Time at the Losail International Circuit, before the season starts at the same venue with the Qatar GP on the 20th March.
Marc Marquez: “We have taken some steps forward from yesterday. We have improved the feeling when cornering - the bike turns in a little more - and that has allowed us to lower our times slightly, but we still have some problems exiting corners. The pace we have is good although we are still finding it difficult to get rear grip. The lap times are the same with both with new and used tyres; we could not take advantage of the new rubber and that is something we are working on the most. In the last run we tested some small winglets and we will have to analyse them well, because we only used them for one four-lap stint, so there will be further research and development. It is only the first prototype. Tomorrow we will try to take another step forward.”