Marquez Bounces Back With “Positive” Second Day


Marc Marquez was in much higher spirits after topping the timesheets on the second day of this week’s pre-season test at Sepang. The reigning champion described day one as a virtual write-off but despite crashing late in the afternoon, Marc was much happier with the work carried out.

“I’m happy because today was a positive day. After what happened yesterday, we tried to make up for lost time and tried out quite a few things. Tomorrow we have to continue testing things out, in order to continue developing and eliminating anything that is not going to be useful. Today we focused on electronics and tomorrow we will work more on the chassis. I’m happy with how things went today and with the pace that we have achieved. We’ll see if tomorrow the rain holds off all day, because we need good weather.”

Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was fifth fastest and also took plenty of positives from the day, adding that the team have identified the strengths and weaknesses of their 2015 machine.

“Today we focused on the bike’s suspension. We have been testing many different configurations looking to find a good setup. I’m happy with the hard work we have done today. Although it was very hot, we put in a lot of laps and at the end of the day we found a small step, which is positive. We still have many things to improve, but we have progressed and are already in good shape. I am getting more confidence with the bike and have a better feeling with the tyres. In addition, we have identified the good and bad points so I think that at future tests and races we can continue to develop consistently, which is good.”