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Austin MotoGP: Can Marquez repeat test dominance?
16 April 2013
A podium finisher on his MotoGP debut, rookie Marc Marquez is aiming to 'focus on the job' as he heads for the inaugural Grand Prix of the Americas - at a circuit where he was unbeaten during pre-season testing.
The 20-year-old Moto2 champion ruled all three-days of a private test at COTA in mid-March, when he shared the track with Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, Factory Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, plus LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl.
Reigning champion Lorenzo proved untouchable during round one in Qatar, but Marquez comfortably beat Pedrosa and fought Rossi for second right to the line. The Spaniard also set the fastest race lap.
"To arrive on the podium in my first race was a dream come true, but now we must face the reality and focus on the job at hand,” said Marquez. “I am looking forward to going to Austin, it will be interesting as we have already been there testing and we found a good base set up.”
Whilst the set-up work already undertaken will undoubtedly give those that tested a head start, Marquez knows the big increase in bikes on track - a full line-up of MotoGP, plus Moto2 and Moto3 - will mean they will have to adapt as the track evolves.
“We will see because it will be a different scenario with more rubber on the track and the conditions will change. We will concentrate on our work and our own agenda to prepare ourselves in the best possible way for the race."
One area where Marquez - like Rossi - has room for improvement is in the new-look qualifying format. Marquez started sixth on the grid in Qatar, and was just seventh at the end of lap one.
If Marquez can claim his first MotoGP victory before August, he will take the 'youngest winner' record from Freddie Spencer.