MotoGP » Marquez stays top at Austin MotoGP test


“I am learning so much during these days - most of all with the electronics. With this being a new track, we have no base to go on and we have to work a little harder on finding one” – Marc Marquez.

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pp916 - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 4:55 PM

shamarone....

That's why Ducati missed this test, to save money....figure I've seen quoted for them to attend was something like $700,000, they have a budget for the year and it won't support a test in the US.
Its a pity that they, along with others, will now be at a disadvantage come the race.

Marc - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 5:01 PM

The Honda is without any doubt the best bike since late 2010 and the gap is getting bigger. I'm sure Yamaha must be worrying a bit. They must narrow the gap to prevent a runaway. I can already see the Stoner Brigade hitching onto Marquez as their next savior.

Marc - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 5:18 PM

It appears that the band wagon guys have already crowned this year's champion but sorry to say you have to have the races first. I wonder how much of an advantage the special tranny is giving Honda, I guess that why JB said Yamaha better make a similar improvement. I'm impressed with how quick MM has gotten comfortable on the Honda, praises to HRC. I'm sure sans electronic rider aids and other trickery it would take longer to get that comfortable.

PunkeD - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 7:21 PM

Put in mind that if Stoner was here we wouldnt see Marquez.
Marquez is fast yes, but compare him with Stoner its just non-sense.. even tough they have similar riding styles. One is a rookie, the other has alot of experience and probably one of best racers we've seen on Motogp. With his talent i would try be one of greatest riders ever on Motogp but well i guess when we become parents we start seing things from another perspective.
Before you smash me with critics iam a Rossi fan, i just recognize talent.

seemless - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 7:43 PM

the seemless box is worth 1 to 2 tengths max per lap,at best ... its real fortay is stressing the drive train components less increasing reliability and using less fuel.which is the most vital advantage

numiiii - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 12:28 AM

is it really important looking at the time sheet right now? not quite. yes, marq had been fast all day , but hey, pedro and jorge are the main menu of this gp this time, they're matured, smart, fast of course. thry just need to get the bike settled with the track and comfort. once they did , so easy to go fast pushing the bike. as for rossi, not bad really. looking forward to april, roll on.

Realist

March 15, 2013 12:55 AM

@ Shuffleworth

If you really take a few hours to look back at a lot of the testing times, a 1 sec spread between the top 5 is generally what you'll find (more or less).

Ex:

1. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 2min 0.518 sec
2. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 2min 1.087 sec
3. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team 2min 1.254 sec
4. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 2min 1.455 sec
5. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 2min 1.716 sec

Dave - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 8:27 AM

Punked,

If you truly recognize talent then you should have been able to work this out,

Stoner = no WC in lower classes & showed glimpses of pace in his rookie year.

Mark = WC in lower classes and is top 2 (if not fastest) after 3 tests (beating the 2 guys who finished in front of CS last year).

To say you cannot compare MM to CS shows ignorance, to call CS the greatest "racer" ever is stupid and to say your a rossi fan is just plain futile.

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