MotoGP » Moto2: Márquez: P1 is great – but that wasn't the target

As the Valencia test pace-setter and reigning 125cc World Champion, Marc Márquez is fast setting out his stall as a Moto2 title favourite in 2011 - but he insists he has not even been chasing quick lap times yet...

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UPS - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 6:57 PM

Marquez has shown his class yet again by adapting quickly to the four stroke, and I would be among those expecting him to be a contender for the championship in his first year of Moto2, but the problem with these test results is that they aren't using the race engines, so it's impossible to draw any firm conclusions. Despite it being an official test, the teams are having to use a mix of modified CBR engines in wildly varying states of tune. Presumably Honda have failed to supply the engines in time, yet again, or are deliberately cost cutting, but it's strange that there's been no announcement or comment on precisely why race engines have not been supplied for an official test as provided for in the rules.

UPS - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 7:03 PM

As some teams are still trying to finalise sponsorship deals, the lack of official engines isn't helping them either, because potential sponsors can't be sure of getting a fair indication of a team's competitiveness.

Stuart - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 8:55 PM

I imagine he will be following in the steps of VR and JL. But let's wait until the the first few races are run. So when he goes to MGP what will he be riding? He's a small guy so maybe he'll be more like DP. All speculation, but the guy is fast.

Boh - Unregistered

February 15, 2011 2:22 AM

People forget Danis first season in the 990cc class was far from a failure, with a podium in his very first race, then wins in China and the UK.
There's no reason why Marquez can't do it, especially considering people have said the Moto2 class is more like a mini motogp class, whereas the 250cc class was just like big 125s.
If he does win it in his first year, there's every chance they'll move him up right away, considering the sparce numbers on the grid at the moment.


February 15, 2011 8:41 AM

My idea is that when Marquez reaches MotoGP, Pedrosa won't be in Repsol Honda anymore. He will have to spend a year in a Satellite team and then a nice Honda RC213V? in Repsol livery will be his.


February 15, 2011 12:25 PM

Pedrosa is a multiple 125 and 250cc world champion, a multiple Moto Gp race winner and a multiple Moto Gp championship contender who has in every season but his rookie season blown his team mate into the weeds.
Marquez has won one 125cc championship on the only bike that was getting any meaningfull development with a big wad of red bull cash.
There is no doubt the kids bloody good but let him prove it over a few seasons in competitive classes before you pen him in as replacing one of the aliens.

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