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Business as usual for new champion Marquez

12 November 2013

New MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez wasted no time as he powered straight to the top of the times at the Valencia test after skipping the opening day in Spain.

Marquez rode an RC213V used in mid-season alongside a new machine provided by Honda especially for the test, setting the fastest lap time overall in 1m 30.536s on his 75th lap of 77.

The 20-year-old said there was little difference between the two prototypes but plans to focus on one machine on the final day of the shakedown on Wednesday.

“After the celebrations, we were back on the bike today and I felt comfortable from the beginning,” said Marquez.

“Today's testing was important, because we gathered a lot of data and tried out two different bikes: the prototype that we had already ridden at Misano, and a new one brought in especially for this test.

“They are fairly similar and we were able to make a few improvements, but we still have some changes to configure,” he added.

“We set good times with both bikes and were consistent with our pace. Tomorrow we will focus on just one machine and work on setting it up in more detail.”