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MotoGP: Wet weather experience biggest plus for Marquez

Marc Marquez will only test Honda's newest spec engine at Phillip Island, impressions of Michelin's wet tyre mainly positive.
Marc Marquez felt that gathering experience with Michelin's wet tyres was the biggest positive to take from a frustrating first day of MotoGP testing at Phillip Island that was continually interrupted by bad weather.

Having set his fastest time – a 1m 35.354s lap - on the French firm's new intermediate compound tyre just after 13.30, Marquez lapped the circuit on just one more occasion in the afternoon as track conditions continually switched from wet to dry.

As both he and team-mate Dani Pedrosa have Honda's newest ('Sepang') spec engine available to them after opting against bringing the first '16 version to Australia, Marquez commented that Michelin's wet tyres shared similar characteristics to its dry compounds.

“Today we did a few laps in rain conditions,” said the four-time world champion, who celebrates his birthday on Wednesday. “That was maybe the biggest information or the most positive information that we got today.

“It looks like the tyres are working well at this track. Also the grip of the track looks really good. The Michelin rain tyre on this circuit feels really good.

“The character is similar to the slick tyre. There is a lot of grip on the rear. The front tyre was also stable. It looks like you have to brake a little bit less compared to the Bridgestone tyres but with the rear tyre the grip is really good.”

The 23-year old continued to use the chassis he rode in the second part of 2015 around Phillip Island and while he said the electronics, which caused him so many headaches in Sepang, performed well, he admitted he wasn't pushing the limits of adhesion enough to give a full assessment.

“The feeling [with the electronics] was good. The thing is that I only did five laps and then five laps. It's difficult to understand. No strange cuts. Also, I didn't push to feel the cuts. I didn't push a lot but it looks better than what I expect.”

With better conditions forecast for Thursday, Marquez went on to state that he was hopeful of a rain free day so he can continue to hone electronic set-up for the 2.7 mile track.

“I hope that it will be a good day with the sun and completely dry. We will see. The programme for this test, we have many things to try. Today we don't try.

"We must concentrate tomorrow because on Friday also the forecast doesn't look so good. We must concentrate on the important things, like the electronics and the geometry, which at this circuit is the most important.”


Tagged as: Dani Pedrosa , West , Marquez

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Guna4699

February 17, 2016 3:54 PM

"The 23-year old continued to use the chassis he rode in the second part of 2015 around Phillip Island" So he is still using the 2014 chassis. Wealthiest motogp factory team not being able to improvise from their own previous version should raise a lot of eye brows...



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