Following his impressive turn in the dry during pre-season testing, Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez got the opportunity to show he can be a reckoned force in the wet during his maiden MotoGP World Championship season as he proved competitive at a damp Jerez.
With only four laps of wet running under his belt coming to the final pre-season test of the year, Marquez took advantage of the poor weather conditions in Spain to notch up 38 laps, his best time of 1min 48.524secs placing him just a tenth adrift of team-mate Dani Pedrosa
and session-leader Jorge Lorenzo.
A chance to learn how to manage the tyres in the wet and adapt his riding style, rookie Marquez was pleased with his progress throughout the day.
"Today was a very important day for us, because we tried out the bike in the wet. In Malaysia we only did four laps in the wet and it wasn't as wet as it was here. We've made steady improvement in these conditions. I was very rigid on the bike at the start, but improved and realised it is very important to be smooth.
“Also, I notice wet tyres wear quite quickly at this track. This is something I have to learn how to manage, because they can catch you out. I also learnt that traction control in the wet is much more important than in the dry.
“We still have a lot to improve. We have a good fast lap, but need to improve on used tyres and on our own consistency"