The knee sliders “are changed for thicker ones, because, when it rains, the bike is leaned less and therefore it is possible to get a reference earlier than with the conventional knee slider”.
Over the race suit, a rain suit is worn, a transparent plastic cover which has to be very tight fitting over the leather to avoid it inflating with the effects of the air and speed. It is composed of two parts, one for the upper body and some trousers.
“Usually it is only worn in extreme cases when there is a lot of rain and its function is to stop the water getting into the race suit and the leather absorbing it, becoming heavier and making riding more uncomfortable.”
When it rains, riding style also changes and “has to be much more precise. You have to concentrate much more because the slightest mistake could cost you a fall.”
Braking starts earlier than usual and, on exiting the turns, the throttle has to be opened up very gently.
At each circuit it is important to pay attention to the type of asphalt as the level of grip varies on each track. “At the beginning you have to go very slowly, at least for the first few laps to check the level of grip on the track
“I don't like the rain much but I usually do well in it," concluded Marquez.