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Marquez wraps up impressive test

"The bike got a bit nervous under braking, but I still tried to turn in and it was not possible!" - Marc Marquez.
Rookie Marc Marquez held his own against MotoGP stars Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi during this week's Sepang test.

The Moto2 champion was able to benefit from a private Honda test at the circuit last November, but Tuesday still marked just his fifth day on an RC213V.

Marquez finished that opening day just 0.044s behind team-mate Pedrosa, with reigning title holder Lorenzo sandwiched between the Repsol Honda riders.

The teenager, delighting photographers with his extreme lean angles, repeated his third place on day two (+0.254s) but suffered his first premier-class fall shortly before noon on the final day.

“I lost the front in the last corner, but we know why we crashed. The bike got a bit nervous under braking, but I still tried to turn in and it was not possible!” said Marquez. “I was lucky because it was a small crash and not high speed.”

Marquez responded by returning to the track and setting his best lap of the week, although it wasn't enough to prevent Rossi bumping him to fourth on the final timesheets (+0.546s from Pedrosa).

But perhaps the most significant part of Marquez's final day was an end-of-test race simulation, where he completed a full 20 lap grand prix distance (19 consecutive fast laps).

Although not at the level of world champion Jorge Lorenzo's race pace (see separate story), all of Marquez's long-run laps were under the 2m 2.108s official lap record and varied by less than one second.

“This afternoon we did a long run, a race simulation, 20 laps and the rhythm was quite good. I'm very happy,” said Marquez.

“It was quite interesting. I wanted to check my physical condition and I'm happy because on my last lap I did a 2m 1.6s and I was quite consistent.”

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February 07, 2013 4:22 PM

Very solid consistency bar crash injury this kid is in with a shot of the title, he's only going to get faster. I can see a few crashes coming his way - its part of a rapid learning process, see Jorge in his first year. Be nice to see some fresh blood mixing it with the old guard.

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