125cc world champion Marc Marquez, who is yet to reach the finish of a Moto2 race after accidents at both Qatar and Jerez, got some extra mileage under his belt during a two-day test at Jerez.
After a mistake on his Moto2 race debut in Qatar, the Spaniard crashed out of Sunday's Jerez race through no fault of his own, having been hit from behind by Jules Cluzel just moments after taking fifth place from the Frenchman.
Regarding Cluzel's error, Marquez said: “I accepted his apologies, but that does not change the result. This is why in Moto2 you have to watch for the rest apart from being careful with what you do.”
Fortunately, Marquez was unhurt in the incident and able to complete a two-day test at Jerez, during which he racked up 400 kilometres of track running. Most of his time was dedicated to set-up, but Marquez also tested some development parts for Suter.
“On day one we worked on the settings of different areas of the bike. Some of them worked and some did not work well,” said Marquez.
“On day two the wind altered our testing plan. Despite that, we were able to test some set-ups for the Suter and I think we can draw a positive conclusion of the two days of tests.
“The important thing was to gather more kilometres with the bike before the Estoril race, so we fulfilled our main objective. My technical team did a good job and I must thank them for it”.
Marquez was testing alongside riders from the Spanish CEV-Buckler championship.
With the Japanese Moto2 round postponed until October, round three of the 2011 championship will start at the end of this month.