MotoGP » Marquez: Qatar level clearer at Austin and Jerez

"I will see more clearly [my level] for the first race during the tests at Austin and Jerez" - Marc Marquez.

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fan of motogp - Unregistered

March 05, 2013 4:44 PM

@ DanielKuchnia
ducati was invited, but refused bc it conflicts with their schedule, and all the crt teams have date there to test the new ecu, so that only leaves out the satellite teams, unless they get an invite from the factory.


March 05, 2013 7:08 PM

No doubt about it. Ducati were invited and HRC/Yamaha hoped they would. AUDI/VW aborted the proposal because of the cost. Maybe its time to stop laying blame at Ducati's doorstep. VW call the shots and I don't think they give two hoots about MGP. As long as the Ducati brand's exclusivity punts sales into the stratosphere stateside,this trend will continue. I guess Preziosi saw this comming and Gobmeier now sits with the poisoned challis. More support will go in SBK's direction from now on from VW. The original D16 GP project is destined to die a natural death. Lets face it. How many VW's and Audi's are sold daily vs GP derived L-4 Desmo Ducati's. Strictly business.
Anyway this was about Marquez on the L-4 HRC bike.
His take on Jerez and Austin testing is telling. He sure is a realist. 9 days at Sepang is not representative. He's got his head screwed on right. Should he remain top 3 over the next couple of tests the 2013 championship is a definite 'go' for him. Like it.

blue hurricane - Unregistered

March 05, 2013 11:42 PM

agree wth the above statement. MM has a mature outlook for now. Hope that "head screwed on right" continues in racing. For his (safety) sake and all otehr participants. Tight racing - yes please. Bowling - no tank you.

And Daniel, you are hating too much. Not good for you. Almost as sad as that josh brody guy.

Choco - Unregistered

March 06, 2013 2:08 AM

Marquez is aggressive like Marco Simmoncelli. Imagine the racing if Marco (RIP) and Stoner were also on the grid with Pedro, Jorge, Rossie and Marquez? I bet there would be several DNFs but wow would that be some exciting racing.


March 06, 2013 3:07 AM
Last Edited 1154 days ago

With Repsol having had tested privately once at Sepang before the 2 group tests, I believe that this gave Marc and Dani a slight edge on setup & data. If Yamaha had done the same, both factory teams would be dead level. Marc will most likely lose his head while tussling with the top 3 veterans & have a few offs, while Dani's streak of success will come to an end with another collarbone injury. Jorge will continue his metronome consistency, garnering a 3rd title, being the only rider to do this in the past 15 years other than Vale. Damn, Vale's record will be near impossible to beat! More wins & premiere class podiums than AGO even!! Vale will prove his race craft superiority over Marc and most likely finish 2nd at seasons end, which will be awesome! Yamaha needs that seamless gearbox ASAP! Gonna be a great season!!

Dare to Live

March 06, 2013 6:35 AM
Last Edited 1154 days ago

@Marc, thank you for staying on the subject matter of the article, I agree that Honda and Yamaha will unfairly benefit from this private test. In an ideal world one would like to see not only the rest of the competitors but more factory prototypes such as from Aprilia, Kawasaki, BMW, Suzuki, Triumph, etc. What is interesting is that both Honda and Yamaha seem to be putting all their emphasis on MotoGP, where in fact Yamaha has elected to remain out of WSBK and where Honda seem to have an arms length approach to Pata Honda whilst Ducati have dominated WSKB with over 70% of manufacturers victories since the inception of WSBK.

Dave - Unregistered

March 06, 2013 8:26 AM

"My feeling is that he will be called dangerous and calls will go out for him to be punished.
We will see."

...fair comment 99, any bets for which of the other 3 will join in as opposed to which of the 3 will cry "foul" ? ?

max - Unregistered

March 06, 2013 8:44 AM

Just for your info, Jason, and for what is worth ,i've been following motogp races live and on tv for quite a while now, my childhood hero was Schwantz, and then came Rossi, i miss Marco and hope for Marquez to provide some excitement, but i respect all riders... If you crave for blood turn to Ufc...

Enough - Unregistered

March 06, 2013 8:54 AM

OZ Mick, what would make us all so happy, would be if you stopped sprouting so much rot about Stoner, he is obviously under your skin, go and see a Doctor about it if it causes you so much grief.

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