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Marquez: “On the opening laps I lost the front”

Marquez: “On the opening laps I lost the front”

A crash didn’t stop Marc Marquez’s charge in the Valencia Test, topping the first day.

A 1’31.551 saw Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez lead the opening day of 2016 testing in Valencia. It wasn’t a straight forward day for the double MotoGP™ World Champion who suffered a crash early in the day. With all of his premier class experience having been on Bridgestone tyres, the change to Michelin tyres was not as quick as he had hoped. The Aragon Michelin test was positive for Marquez, leading him to believe he could begin pushing from the start in Valencia. In the afternoon Marquez also explored the new Magnetti Marelli software on his 2015 bike to see the differences, both Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa feel there is significant work to do on the software for next year.

However, Marquez remains optimistic and is well aware that it is just the first day of a long journey ahead. Much of the Wednesday test will be used by Marquez and his team to better understand the Magnetti Marelli electronics as without a better knowledge they feel they will be unable to evaluate the engine fully. Honda also brought a revised frame and engine for both Marquez and Pedrosa, the end of the day used to test the new parts.

Marc Marquez: “We went out on track and on the opening laps I lost the front. I realised that the Michelin tyres may have worked well for us in testing at Aragon, but they react differently on every type of asphalt. From that moment we started again, doing a run with the same bike we used during the weekend. Then we changed to the new software and we saw that there is definitely some work ahead for us. It's only the first day and we have to adjust many things. At the end of the day we tried the new engine together with the Magneti Marelli software, but in order to draw any conclusions we first have to finish setting up the electronics and when we have a good base, then we will be able to evaluate the engine properly."


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