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Marquez: “It’s clear that we need a different mapping”

Marquez: “It’s clear that we need a different mapping”

Repsol Honda continue their final test of 2015 at the Jerez circuit, Marquez doing extensive work with the electronics.

As the December first testing ban rapidly approaches teams such as Repsol Honda and Ducati are eager to squeeze in their final few laps. Testing is always an important affair, but with the MotoGP™ World Championship switching tyre supplier and altering electronics in 2016 this winter will be especially crucial. Marc Marquez had his first taste of the 2016 electronics and Michelin tyres in Valencia after the final race of the year. Now he and his Repsol Honda team have headed to Jerez to further explore the 2016 spec electronics and evaluate several different engine options.

One of the main weaknesses of the Honda in 2015 was an overly aggressive engine, a problem that all involved are keen to fix. Marquez set a best unofficial time of 1’39.57 and completed 58 laps while comparing electronics and engines. Consistency is the main area in which Marquez feels the electronics need to improve and only once this is achieved can they fully understand the new engine. Marquez was able to improve his time from day one by almost half a second despite spending much of his time in the pits as his team altered the Magenti Marelli software.

Marc Marquez: “Today I concentrated on the Magneti Marelli software and mainly the new engine. It’s clear that we need a different mapping for the 2015 and 2016 engine - as they are completely different character - so we chose to work more on the 2016 version. Maybe tomorrow we will work on the 2015 engine, but we will have to see. It takes a lot of time working on the new electronics to change things and this extends our time in the box, but we are still far from getting the best out of this software. Last year’s engine was more aggressive in the top end and now we have more power in the lower rpm but still it’s not clear the best way to deliver the torque, we must find the best balance. We didn’t do too much on tyres today and the front tyre is still difficult to understand but we know Michelin are working hard."

MotoGP, 2016, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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