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Marquez: “We tried the new engine”

Marquez: “We tried the new engine”

Marc Marquez spent the first day of a three-day private test at Jerez trying out the 2016 Honda engine and working on the setup of his bike.

At a dry and sunny Circuito de Jerez the Repsol Honda team worked hard on comparing next year’s engine to the 2015 version, whilst also trying to adapt and develop the new spec electronics package for 2016. Marquez finished the day with a best time of 1’39.92, completing 65 laps in total as he worked on finding the limit on the new Michelin tyres before the testing ban comes into place on the 1st December.

Marc Marquez: “Every time we go on track it’s interesting because we try many things, starting with the software as our reference and with the Michelin tyres which is a big task to understand where the limit is. We did a few laps to understand a few things and we tried the new engine too which felt similar to Valencia but we must complete more laps to get the electronics working better, as it’s hard to understand the true character until we have that fixed. The electronics are still not consistent we have made progress, but it’s clear they are certainly a step behind the Honda software we are used to, but we know it won’t be the same so we must find a way to work with it, especially concerning the engine brake and traction control.”

MotoGP, 2016, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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