Marc Marquez's much anticipated debut aboard the Repsol Honda has been delayed after inclement weather at Valencia left him pit-lane stricken throughout the day.
The Spaniard, who clinched the Moto2 World Championship this season, steps up to the premier class in 2013, his first outing on the Repsol Honda set to be keenly watched by those tipping him for success in his maiden season.
However, with persistent rain hampering testing action at Valencia, the Repsol Honda squad opted not to let Marquez's first experience of the bike be held in wet conditions, forcing him to sit out the day's action.
"I have this fantastic bike here but unfortunately the weather isn't very good! It's better to be patient and wait as it's important to test the bike in the best conditions possible. I spent some time with the team this morning and I learnt many things but I still have a lot to learn.
“I know the power will be very different and also the electronic controls, also the carbon brakes and tyres will be something I need to adapt to, but step by step we will learn. I'm really excited to get started but we we agree that it's best to test the bike in the dry for the first time, I just hope the weather will improve tomorrow!”
MotoGP runner-up and Valencia GP race winner Dani Pedrosa joined Marquez inside the pit garage, opting to wait until the weather clears to head onto track.
“Unfortunately the weather has been pretty bad all weekend and continued today. Let's hope it will brighten up tomorrow and at least stay dry so that we can test the new 2013 prototype machine.”