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MotoGP Brno Test: Marquez ‘erases doubts’, on top with 2015 Honda

“We've erased the doubts that we had after yesterday's race” - Marc Marquez.
Marc Marquez responded to his first defeat of the year by setting the fastest lap in Monday's post-race test at Brno.

The reigning world champion's ten-race win streak came to an end with a surprise fourth place in Sunday's grand prix. Afterwards Marquez said he simply hadn't felt 'completely comfortable, nor had found the best set-up for the bike'.

After 'erasing' doubts over yesterday's performance, the Repsol Honda star switched to the 2015 bike - first seen at Brno last month - and set a 1m 55.411s in the final hour, when the track had dried following a rain shower.

That was under the official pole record, putting Marquez 0.155s ahead of Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo and 0.603s clear of team-mate Dani Pedrosa. Forward Yamaha's Aleix Espargaro (+0.762s) was the only other rider within one-second of Marquez.

“Today went very well and I am very happy, because we've erased the doubts that we had after yesterday's race,” said Marquez, who holds a huge 77 point title lead over Pedrosa with seven rounds to go.

“We didn't understand what had happened. We reached the conclusion that many factors combined yesterday, because today we were fast from the start and had a good pace with the same set-up as yesterday [on the 2014 bike].

“This morning we focused on work with this year's bike, using some different setups, and I immediately felt very comfortable. Later we tried out the new [2015] bike again, which has great potential, and we set a good time with it.

“The best thing is that the pace we had today was back to that which we had over the entire weekend - except for Sunday.”

Pedrosa followed a similar test schedule and revealed that the 2015 machine will not be used again until November's post-season test.

“We used today to try different setups, using the data gathered during the race yesterday here at Brno. Above all we focused on suspensions and on engine mapping, bearing in mind the races we have remaining this season.

“We also tested next year's bike, which has a few updates compared to the last time we rode it here in July. After the first test we made a few changes; some worked out positively and others didn't, but we were able to take a further step forward with its development and the next time we will test it will be at Valencia.”

Tagged as: Honda , Marquez

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August 19, 2014 11:28 AM
Last Edited 162 days ago

StevoG: Yamaha have got to do something to be more competitive against Repsol Honda, they have been towing and lagging the Honda now for 2 years and I don't think that MM is the factor. JLo is riding as well as he has been ever but his Yamaha is just lacking that competitive edge that could give his riding the advantage that makes him defeat MM and DP. MM is not invincible and if anyone would have said that 2014 would be a season where till the last GP at Brno he was invincible and going to win 10 straight GP's they would have laughed at you. MM is has a very aggressive style and he has to be stopped from diving and pushing rider out of the racing line when he so aggressively overtakes. The 2015 Repsol has some speed and handling which use to be always the Yamaha trait, so where is it now?
If you took MM out of the equation Yamaha would have won 6 of the 11 races so far. Honda and Yamaha are very equally matched. MM has made the difference.

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