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Marquez: “Today I had two crashes”

Marquez: “Today I had two crashes”

Despite a heavy fall at Turn 3, Marc Marquez completes thee full days of testing in Jerez.

Both Wednesday and Thursday had gone largely without issue or incident for Marc Marquez; however on Friday he found himself in the gravel trap twice. One crash came at Turn 3 and the other a less aggressive fall into Turn 1. The latter crash came as a result of the still new Michelin tyres, the Repsol Honda rider yet to fully understand their strengths and weakness and falling as a result. Although the tyres are new, the majority of the test was spent assessing various engine options for 2016 with several back-to-back comparison runs between the 2015 and 2016 engines. In 2016 a new unified software system will be introduced meaning all bikes will run the same electronics package, Honda and the majority of other MotoGP™ World Championship teams and riders were running it in Jerez but it made it difficult for Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa to properly assess the new engine.

Electronics are play a huge role in power delivery, and with Honda not yet full understanding the new Magnetti Marelli system, they were unable to be certain if issues were down to the engine itself or how the electronics were being used. All of the data, bikes and technicians now return to Japan in order for HRC to continue in house development work over winter.

Marc Marquez: “Today I had two crashes; One big high side in turn three, I entered the corner on the gas with consistent power but suddenly the rear wheel became very aggressive and it launched me, luckily I was ok. The second one happened whilst I was doing an engine comparison as you must be on the limit to get the best feedback and the brake point with the Michelin tyres can sometimes be unpredictable. Anyway, we had a good three days and got a lot of information which we will now give to HRC, my feeling is that we have a little more potential with the new engine compared to the old one, but we’re still not at the level I’d like. I know Honda will work hard over the Winter to improve everything for Sepang. I’d like to thank all the team for their hard work during the test and this year, now it’s time for some time off!"

MotoGP, 2016, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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