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Marquez tops Jerez MotoGP test

"We hope that what we did today helps us over the next few races" - Marc Marquez.
Following a dramatic second place in front of his home fans in Sunday's Spanish MotoGP, rookie Marc Marquez led the timesheets during testing at Jerez on Monday.

The 20-year-old Moto2 champion, who grabbed headlines around the world by bumping past world champion Jorge Lorenzo at the final turn of the race, used the testing opportunity to make set-up improvements to the front-end of his Repsol Honda.

The world championship leader then spent some time on electronics - working with different mappings - and collected data with a different suspension setup. Marquez set the pace for much of the day, although his final margin over nearest rival Cal Crutchlow (Tech 3 Yamaha) was just 0.092s.

"Today was a very positive day of testing for us. We started with the base from yesterday, to focus on some problems we had in the race and we managed to find solutions quickly," said Marquez, whose best lap time - slightly under his qualifying pace - was set on the 27th of 63 laps.

"We [also] tried some new settings with the front forks, rear suspension and electronics. Some things went better than others, but the important thing is that we were consistent, which is what matters in MotoGP. We hope that what we did today helps us over the next few races."

Crutchlow tried some new parts, including a new chassis, plus some engine braking work. Despite still being sore from his two heavy crashes of Saturday, the Englishman rode for 67 laps, the best of which was three tenths under his qualifying time.

Lorenzo was third fastest (+0.134s) for Yamaha, with Marquez's team-mate and Sunday's race winner Dani Pedrosa in fourth, but just 0.155s slower than Marquez. Like Marquez, Pedrosa also worked on suspension, electronics and chassis settings ahead of the French Grand Prix on May 17-19.

"In general today was a positive day," said Pedrosa. "We worked on various aspects of the setup in order to find a bit more rear grip and stability exiting the corners. Some things went well and others could still be improved.

"We also tried out some things with the suspension and the electronics, but didn't have any major new parts to work with. This is all good preparation for the next round of the World Championship."

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May 07, 2013 6:00 AM

This young man is amazing to watch. we should all be sitting back and enjoying his talents. Ive been passionatly watching this sport for 30 years, and this young cat is why i watch. Great rider, freindly in the paddock and a good all round sport. i was impressed when he confronted J L right after the race, "no hard feeling hey?? just good raceing" what a GUN!!

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May 07, 2013 11:21 AM

I agree Marquez is incredible, its so nice to see those sort of antics in motogp again - he has probably won more fans in his 3 races as lorenzo in his two championship winning years! Also, a very well written article for once, in depth info. and it all made sense, well done!

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