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Marquez: “I found out where the limit is”

Marquez: “I found out where the limit is”

A small fall on what was potentially his fastest lap of the session helped Marc Marquez find the limit as he again dominated in Austin.

Since 2013 Marc Marquez has topped all but three sessions he has participated in at the Circuit of the Americas. The layout of the circuit, including the high number of left hand corners (11), suits his style perfectly and he has always gone incredibly well at the circuit. Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2 were no different as the Repsol Honda Team rider was again riding at his best. He had been worried the Honda would struggle with the heavy acceleration of the Austin track, but no such issues existed as he set a 2’04.034 to top the day, 0.706s faster than any other rider. He could have potentially gone faster, but crashed on the final corner on a lap, which was predicated to put him in the 2’03s.

His confidence was clearly not hurt by the crash as his fastest lap came after the fall. Marquez didn’t lament losing a potential 2’03 lap either, relieved to have found the limit early in the weekend. Aside from experimenting with where the limit was, he and Honda also experimented with new bigger winglets on his RC213V. Winglets are primarily used to help stop the bike from wheelying out of corners, an issue that has become more prominent with the Magneti Marelli electronics. More laps are needed to understand how they alter the handling of the bike. Despite being over half a second faster than the rest of the field, there’s still time to find for Marquez who went just under two seconds faster in 2015 when he secured pole.

Marc Marquez: “Overall, I'm happy with how the day went. Acceleration was something of an unknown, but it seems initially that it is not as much of a factor here as at other circuits, because most of the corner exits here are in first gear, and we don’t lose so much. This morning we briefly tested some new winglets that effectively reduce the wheelying a little bit, but we need to test them further to better understand the bike’s behaviour with them. In the afternoon I had a small crash in which I was unhurt. I saw that I was going very well on a lap and, on the last corner, I left my braking until a little later than before. I found out where the limit is. I'm happy with how the day went but we can still continue to improve."

MotoGP, 2016, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, FP2, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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