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Sepang MotoGP Test: Marquez cracks Stoner benchmark

'I'm pretty happy with how the three days here in Sepang have gone and we have started the pre-season well' - Marc Marquez
Updated to show Marc Marquez's Day 3 race simulation lap times.

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez set the fastest ever MotoGP lap at Sepang after breaking Casey Stoner's unofficial test time from 2012.

Marquez led the way for the third successive day in Malaysia and created a buzz with his sizzling lap of 1m 59.533s, just inside Aussie Stoner's benchmark of 1m 59.607s.

The defending world champion achieved the time in the morning on his tenth lap, but Marquez said he still has plenty more to come at the second Sepang test later this month.

“I'm pretty happy with how the three days here in Sepang have gone and we have started the pre-season well. It's true that this is only the first test and we still have work to do, but we've already been able to do a race simulation and it has all gone well,” he said.

“We have tried many set-ups and we have gathered a lot of data, so we will be well prepared for the next test here. We still have some things to try out, so we must make the most of the days we have remaining here this pre-season.

“Physically I feel good, I haven't stopped over this past month and have had a packed schedule, but I have been able to continue training.

“I was a little weak here when I arrived, because I had the flu last week, but in the end I felt fine which is the most important thing,” added Marquez.

“We can always improve and this test will help me to up my fitness.”

The Spanish star spent the final day of the test working on electronics and completed a race simulation in which every lap was under the existing race lap record, see below.

Marquez grabbed the top spot by 0.194s from Valentino Rossi on the factory Yamaha M1 with Jorge Lorenzo third quickest.

Marc Marquez - Race Simulation times (19 laps):
1. 2:00.346
2. 2:00.244
3. 2:00.009
4. 1:59.991
5. 2:00.192
6. 2:00.852
7. 2:00.400
8. 2:00.398
9. 2:00.399
10. 2:00.259
11. 2:00.537
12. 2:00.532
13. 2:00.509
14. 2:00.699
15. 2:00.928
16. 2:01.064
17. 2:00.821
18. 2:00.852
19. 2:01.059

Official Sepang MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez ESP Honda 2m 0.011s (2013)
Fastest race lap:
Marc Marquez ESP Honda 2m 1.415s (2013)

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February 06, 2014 12:45 PM

As M.M. Has only had 1 season on a motogp bike, it's only his second test on the new version of the bike, new tyres to set the bike up and the tighter fuel restrictions they are working around I'd say it is pretty impressive. As for "stoner would be quicker" , who cares ? Maybe Agostini or Hailwood would be quicker, not really relevant though as you've got to be in it to win it.

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