Marquez leaves Sepang Test feeling positive2019-02-08 10:16
While unable to complete as many laps over the three-day test as normal, Marc Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team leave pleased with progress made.
Finally the Sepang Test has come to a close, Marc Marquez completing a total of 105 laps while evaluating the various new parts for the 2019 Honda RC213V and his shoulder. With his recovery from shoulder surgery still continuing, his running over the three days was limited but the seven-time world champion remained able to set competitive times and completed his testing programme.
Starting early each day, Marquez diligently assessed the most important parts developed over the winter by Honda. Improving his overall time by half a second, Marquez finished the Sepang Test with a 1’59.170. Although he ended the test as the 11th fastest rider, Marquez and the entire Repsol Honda Team remain pleased with the progress made over the three days.
Official Test Rider Stefan Bradl ended the final day in 13th place with a fastest time of 1’59.368.
The Reigning World Champion will now visit Indonesia. Marc Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team will next be on track for the Qatar Test, February 23 – 25, where Jorge Lorenzo is scheduled to return from injury.
“Day three was very positive, especially with my physical condition – I’m feeling much better. Yesterday I was a little worried about riding today, but I woke up and felt better. We were able to try many things for Honda today and I felt really good on the bike, comfortable and consistent. Everything we had planned to do this test, we have done. Of course I would have liked to ride more but we had to take it a bit easy. Even so, I’m happy because I was riding easy, not in my riding style but I was able to ride more. I didn’t crash and we tried the most important things for the Repsol Honda Team, I am happy because of this.”
Sepang Test Day Three
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
Danilo 9 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati 1'58.239
Francesco 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing 0.063
Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing 0.127
Andrea 4 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati 0.299
Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 0.405
Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 0.541
Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 0.783
Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT 0.902
Source: Honda Racing Corporation
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