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MotoGP Argentina: Marquez: 'Question mark until Friday'

"We haven't had a winter test here... it will be a question mark until Friday" - Marc Marquez.
Marc Marquez heads for this weekend's second round of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship two places better off than at the same time last season.

The Repsol Honda star put a mixed pre-season, in which the latest RC213V struggled to adapt to the new unified ECU software, behind him with a close third place (+2.287s from victory) in Qatar.

It was also Marquez's first race on Michelin tyres, the french manufacturer returning to MotoGP as the new exclusive supplier. But this weekend's Argentina round will be a greater step into the unknown since, unlike in Qatar, there has been no winter test at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit.

Michelin's tyre data is thus restricted to a test with Ducati's Michele Pirro in 2015, while Marquez's main hope is that the Qatar set-up will transfer over to the Argentine circuit. If so, it would mean they have found an effective base set-up from which to work.

“We come to Argentina in a positive mood after achieving a third-place finish in Qatar, a result that wasn't really predictable before the start of the season. We worked very hard and very well with Honda and with the team over the weekend, and on race day I was able to push as hard as is currently possible,” Marquez said.

“Of course we haven't had a winter test here to count on and we'll have to see if the set-up we found in Qatar will also work here. That would be a good step forward for us, generally speaking, and we could even aim for a little bit better result on Sunday.

“Of course it will be a question mark until Friday but all in all, Argentina is a circuit that I like. We've always been fast here, so I feel positive for the weekend.”

Marquez famously clashed with Valentino Rossi while trying to defend his lead in the closing stages of last year's race, leaving the Honda rider on the ground. It was to be the first of three incidents between the pair, being followed by Assen and Sepang.

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March 30, 2016 1:57 AM

Harryx: As I stated when they came out with Aspar a few years back...and true today. Honda is good at making over-expensive lawn mowers. These are called satellite-team bikes and can be found on the back of the grid. Only the Factory bikes are race bikes, Even if they have some trouble now because they didn't do their home-work Factory equals Racebike Yamaha and Ducati use real race bikes for the satellite teams
Toni Elias was the last non-factory backed rider to win a race in 2006. On a Honda. When did a Yamaha or Ducati Satellite bike last win a race?


March 29, 2016 11:44 PM
Last Edited 349 days ago

mrfill: Previously, Honda had a huge advantage through its very sophisticated software. Now they are on motogp XP like the rest, they can't tame the engine so much. Never mind - they'll get there eventually. .
kind of inaccurate about the XP thing, what Honda proofed was they were years ahead of the tech curve before the introduced of single ECU. But it's unfair to them when the actual ECU package was used by Ducati as their standard package years before it become the standard. So, Ducati has a clear advantage until the rest catch up. Ducati always needs spoon feeding in any event. Yamaha proofed the organisers wrong as they're able to adapt in a short period. if Ducati can't win in the first couple of races, they won't be able to win any... time is running short as other will catch up.

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