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Marquez: “We tested three different setups”

Marquez: “We tested three different setups”

A busy weekend of setup testing pays off in Qualifying as Marc Marquez achieves his goal of a front row for the Spanish GP.

Throughout the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, Marc Marquez and his crew have been experimenting with various setup options to improve his feeling on the Honda RC213V. The base setting they had been using had worked well on the wide open circuits that opened the season, but the setting was not working as well on the tighter Circuito de Jerez. Changes continued to be made even after Free Practice 4, Marquez heading into the 15-minute Q2 shootout not fully knowing if all the changes would work. Fortunately for Marquez, his crew knew exactly what they were doing and he was able to set a 1’38.891 for third on the grid. Turns 11 and 12 saw Marquez lose a significant amount of time, the RC213V still not working perfectly around faster right hand corners.

It’s clear Marquez is making the difference on the Honda, he was the only RC213V mounted rider inside the top six. His Repsol Honda Team teammate Dani Pedrosa is the next highest Honda down in seventh and 0.8s slower than Marquez. Sunday’s race is set to be an interesting one as all three on the front row have been working hard on their performance over race distance. It looks set to be a hard fought affair for race victory with the front row in a league of their own in terms of one lap speed and race pace. Tyre life will be as crucial as ever over the 27 lap race.

Marc Marquez: “I’m satisfied because before the qualifying session, we knew it would be difficult to get pole position, and the goal was to achieve a place on the front row. I think we did a great job; I rode well and I felt comfortable on the bike. Thanks to the work of the whole team, we tested three different setups that ultimately allowed me to be consistent in qualifying, which isn't usually something I’m able to do. All I can say is that today Jorge [Lorenzo] and Valentino [Rossi] were faster than me. We’ll see if we can stay with them during the race tomorrow, because it seems that they have a very good pace.”

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA, Q2, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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