Marc Marquez got his Qatar MotoGP weekend back on track by reverting to electronic settings from the recent pre-season test.
The Repsol Honda star had struggled with inconsistent engine-braking on his way to eighth place on the opening night, but retraced his steps to emerge third fastest (+0.196s) on Friday.
“We fixed [the engine braking] by coming back to exactly the same that we had in the test,” Marque confirmed. “Because like I said yesterday, we changed a small electronics thing that we expected normally would not be a big difference on the bike, but this time was a big difference with these electronics. So we know for the future.
“Still we are trying to fix some [other] problems. But the important thing is that today I felt like the last day of the test here. We know why we had the problems and why I was slow, but today, we did that step. In FP2 and FP3 we were constant, more or less the same lap times, so we're happy.”
The main area where Marquez feels Honda are still losing out is acceleration.
Team-mate Dani Pedrosa was sixth quickest.