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Marquez fastest on 2014 Honda, 'standard' ECU

"We also rode next year's prototype, which I feel fairly comfortable with already" - Marc Marquez.
Rookie MotoGP title leader Marc Marquez set the pace during Monday's official test at Misano, while using next year's RC213V fitted with the Magneti Marelli 'standard' ECU hardware.

The standard ECU is the main technical change for MotoGP next season, along with a resulting reduction in race fuel for factory bikes.

While privateer entries must use the full standard ECU in 2014 - software and hardware - factories will be allowed to continue with their own software inside the new 'standard' Magneti Marelli hardware.

The main penalties for doing so are four-litres less race fuel than the privateer bikes (one-litre less than present), plus five instead of twelve engines changes per season (the same as 2013). But if Marquez's Monday pace is anything to go by, the factories have little to fear.

The 20-year-old, who had a small crash in turn twelve whilst trying a new geometry on his current bike, set the fastest time of the day on the new 2014 machine, on lap 70 of 71. That moved Marquez above Sunday's race winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) by 0.238s with a lap time just three tenths off his new record pole time of 1m 32.915s.

“The day went well and we tried out a lot of things with the setup - above all the geometry - and we made considerable improvements. We've also gathered some useful data, so this test has been very useful ahead of the five remaining races,” said Marquez, who holds a 34-point championship lead over Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.

“We also rode next year's prototype, which I feel fairly comfortable with already. We've worked well and the important thing is that we have a good foundation"

Marquez and team-mate Pedrosa first sampled a 2014 Honda prototype in June's Aragon test, but this was the first time that the latest version had been ridden - rain preventing Casey Stoner from doing so at his most recent Motegi test.

Pedrosa, third in Sunday's race, was sixth quickest at the test and 0.628s behind Marquez's best. Pedrosa made clear his focus was on the 2013 machine, after suffering cornering grip issues in recent rounds.

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September 17, 2013 12:15 AM

So the guy who has been at Repsol Honda for years just tries to sort out his own issues, while the rookie sets the pace and develops next years bike. I think Dani is likely to lose that ride when his contract expires which will be a shame, but at least it will be the end of the ever-miserable Alberto Pooch.


September 18, 2013 3:18 PM

@ Barts "The new valentino is here. He is unstoppable." Way too simplistic IMO. Anyway, Valentino proved he certainly was "stoppable" - just take him off a super-developed genuinely front-running package (Honda/Yamaha) and put him on one that ain't (Ducati). Same applies to your wonder-rookie hero that's being media-hyped as the 2nd coming. He may be a top rider, but he is on a package that is THE best thing out there. Take him off that and onto something not quite as good (let alone a current Ducati or CRT) and he'd get well beaten - just like everyone else would. If MotoGP WAS a series where the bikes were very even in performance, and where the rider made far more importance in the control of the bike through a race, and MM performed and got results like now... THEN I'd say he's the best. Not now.

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