Marquez yet to 'arrive at the limit', Mandalika circuit 'really fast'

Marc Marquez claims he’s yet to 'really push' after finishing the first day of MotoGP testing at Mandalika in 17th place.
Marc Marquez, MotoGP, Indonesian MotoGP test 11 February 2022
Marc Marquez, MotoGP, Indonesian MotoGP test 11 February 2022
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On a day where unpredictable weather clouded MotoGP’ first ever visit to Mandalika, eight-time world champion Marc Marquez finished day-one of testing in 17th position. 

Despite heavy rain and an early red-flag that was deployed in order to clean the track, representative lap times began to take shape come the end of the day. 

A late flurry of improvements from most of the grid saw Marquez, who was inside the top ten for much of the day, relegated to P17 while team-mate Pol Espargaro went fastest by over four tenths. 

Should track conditions continue to improve over the weekend, then a significant imporvement regarding lap times will take place, which in-turn will see Marquez ride closer to the limit, something he chose not to do during today’s running. 

Asked where he feels strongest around the new Indonesian circuit, Marquez added: "Well, still I didn’t push enough to arrive at the limit. T1 I like it, I really like it. T3 is also a nice sector and also T4. 

"T2 I don’t like [laughs], it’s too fast. I mean it's true that you are there and you just have to go. But it is really fast and there are still some bumps in the corner. If you take a big risk you can gain a lot of time. But at the moment, we need to keep calm."

Like the Sepang test last weekend, conditions proved incredibly humid and energy-sapping, which was especially the case for Marquez who remains close, but not yet at 100% full fitness.

The Spaniard's reduced workload in the afternoon despite track conditions getting better was about ‘surviving’ the next two days. 

"I started the day with energy, I did many laps, many laps in a row to try and understand the track, the lines," said the Repsol Honda rider. 

"But then already in the afternoon I said to the team, ‘let's cool down and breath a little bit more in the box’. 

"In the afternoon the track was in a better way. We started to ride less but try bigger things because I need to survive tomorrow and Sunday."

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