Reigning 125cc World Champion Marc Márquez has admitted that he left the Valencia pre-season Moto2 group test 'very satisfied' after smashing the circuit's lap record to set the fastest lap of the week – and then revealed that chasing a quick time had not even been on his agenda.
Off the back of his 125cc success and his eye-catching early testing form, Márquez is fast marking himself out as a favourite for glory in Moto2's sophomore campaign – rookie or not. From fifth-quickest on the opening day on home turf, the Spaniard maintained position but took half a second off his time on day two before slicing another full second off on day three to blitz the field.
Despite the fact that he is continuing to get to grips with his new Catalunya Caixa Repsol Suter machine and is learning about its behaviour and its reactions step-by-step, the 17-year-old's benchmark was more than half a second clear of the pole position time set by inaugural Moto2 World Champion Toni Elías last November for the Valencia Grand Prix. Most notable of all was arguably the Catalan's incredible consistency, and Márquez will now return to the test track at Estoril in Portugal tomorrow (Tuesday).
“It was a very positive outcome for these three days of testing,” he affirmed. “We set a time one-and-a-half seconds faster than the first day and we have been constantly progressing, so we left Valencia very satisfied. On the last day we tested some more things on the set-up, but we still have a lot to try, so we must keep focussed and work step-by-step.
“The time we set was really good, but that was not our main objective, as the most important thing is to keep getting familiar with the team and to test different configurations for the bike. We were very consistent, and I hope that we are able to do the same in the next tests in Portugal. The adaptation to the class is going well, but we still have a lot to do before the first race of the season.”