Marc Marquez said he felt comfortable immediately when he took the race track as MotoGP world champion for the first time. The 20 year old didn’t seem to have lost a step after celebrating his success and finished Tuesday’s test day on top, two tenths ahead of the man he succeeded, Jorge Lorenzo.
“After the celebrations, we were back on the bike today and I felt comfortable from the beginning”, commented Marquez. “Today’s testing was important, because we gathered a lot of data and tried out two different bikes: the prototype that we had already ridden at Misano, and a new one brought in especially for this test. They are fairly similar and we were able to make a few improvements, but we still have some changes to configure. We set good times with both bikes and were consistent with our pace. Tomorrow we will focus on just one machine and work on setting it up in more detail”.
Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was third fastest and the Spaniard feels the world champions have plenty to build on in tomorrow’s final day.
“Today we mixed our testing between the 2013 and 2014 bikes. The track conditions were good and there was a lot of grip, so we were able to put in a lot of laps. In general it was a good day of testing and we pushed every part to the limit to try and see the pros and cons of each one. We found some references with the new bike, as there are already a few changes: For example, the ECU, which is the same for everyone. We have also worked on some other aspects of the bike and are trying to adapt to them. There is still a lot to be done and tomorrow we will continue working to carry on progressing”.