Repsol rider takes part in opening day of Jerez test, recovering pace and confidence
Marc Márquez yesterday took part in day one of the Official Test at Jerez —the last run out of the 2012 preseason. Last year’s runner-up in the Moto2 class was sharing track time with rivals from the category for the first time this year, but looked very comfortable on his Suter bike and clocked the fifth best time of the day: 1'43.080.
After positive first impressions at Albacete ten days ago, Marc Márquez was back in action in the south of Spain. The Moto2 class was on track with the Moto3 riders on a sunny day at Jerez, whilst the temperature was pleasantly warm upon the 10:30am start. Márquez was third fastest in the morning session.
After lunch, with the track reserved for the Moto2 riders, the Spaniard continued to pick up pace and confidence onboard his machine. Lap-by-lap he grew in confidence.
The Repsol Rider will continue testing on Tuesday and Wednesday, putting the final touches to his preparations for the season opener in Qatar on April 8th.
"I had a really good feeling today. I was dying to get back on track with the rest of the riders. After checking that my eyesight issue was resolved at Albacete, I was able to come here for testing. As today was the first day, we took this session as a time for recovering our feel for this long, fast track.
Obviously it was a little tough at the start, but I was able to find my braking points and feel better with every lap. We did a good job today and tomorrow we can start on the set-up.
I still need to get my confidence back on the bike, which is something on which we will be focusing in this final preseason test".