Repsol Media Press Release Interview: Marc Marquez, On Sepang 1, and Learning to Ride a MotoGP Machine

After yesterday's interview with Dani Pedrosa, the Repsol Media Service issued a press release containing an interview with MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez. In the interview, the 2012 Moto2 champion talks mainly about the process of learning to ride a MotoGP bike. The interview is shown in full below:

"You can have a lot of fun on this bike"

Repsol rider shines in first test of the year in Malaysia.

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2013 Moto2 and Moto3 Valencia February Test Day 1 Press Releases

Press releases from some of the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of testing at Valencia:


After the first 2013 MotoGP official test duing last week, today Moto2 and Moto3 debut for the first official test of 2013 season. The two classes are scheduled together during the morning, then at 12.50 started one hour only for Moto3 class, from 14 to 15 just Moto2 class on track and after untill 17 all classes again together.

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2013 Moto2 Valencia February Day 1 Test Times: Terol Heads Spanish Trio

Nico Terol got his 2013 season off to a good start at Valencia, the Mapfre Aspar rider ending the first day of testing on top of the timesheets. Local boy Terol, who has a corner named after him at the Valencia circuit, is always fast at the track, and Tuesday was no exception, the Spaniard ending in the top three in all three Moto2 sessions.

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2013 Moto3 Valencia February Day 1 Test Times: Viñales Leads KTM Rout

Maverick Viñales topped the timesheets on the first day of testing for the Moto3 class at Valencia, leading a KTM charge which saw Austrian-powered bikes take eight of the top ten slots, with only Romano Fenati on the FTR Honda in 6th, and Efren Vazquez in 8th on the Suter-built Mahindra.

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Repsol Media Press Release Interview: Dani Pedrosa, On Sepang 1, Added Weight, and Marc Marquez

As is their custom, the Repsol Media Service released a press release interview with Dani Pedrosa after the first MotoGP test of the year at Sepang. In the interview, Pedrosa talks about his experience of the first test, the things he expects Honda to improve for the next test, and the problems created  by the weight increase from 157kg to 160kg and the decrease in engine allocation, requested by the MSMA, from 6 to 5 engines. He also has a word for his new teammate Marc Marquez. The interview follows below:

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Moto2 and Moto3 Meet for First Major Test of 2013 at Valencia - What to Look Out For.

After the MotoGP class kicked off the 2013 preseason at Sepang, testing season is now well and truly opened. From Tuesday, the Moto2 and Moto3 teams assemble at Valencia for their first group test of the year, a test which should provide a few clues to the way the 2013 might develop, while raising more questions to be answered at the following test next week at Jerez.

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Repsol Media Service Press Release And Video: Pedrosa And Marquez Speak After Sepang Test

The Repsol Media Service issued the following press release, complete with video interviews, after the first MotoGP test of the year at Sepang:

Repsol Honda head standings at opening test of the year

Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez leave Malaysia after three days of strong results. Pair take first and fourth best times, respectively.

Repsol Honda’s two riders returned to action in Sepang after the winter break in top form. Dani Pedrosa could not be knocked from the top spot on the timesheets and managed to smash the circuit record with a 2’00.100 lap.

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SofaRacer Speaks - Of Moto3, Shang-a-Lang and Demographics

MotoGP is missing a trick. As the 2013 season approaches there are two main topics of note, what are the rules going to be in the next two or three years and will Valentino Rossi's eventual, inevitable, retirement cause the series to implode?

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2013 MotoGP Sepang 1 Test, Day 3 Round Up: Rossi, Pedrosa, Ducati - Joy, Determination, Despair

Joy, determination and despair. If you had to choose three words to describe the first test of the 2013 MotoGP season, these are the words you would choose. Joy: for Valentino Rossi and his crew at finally having a bike that Rossi can ride and his team understand how to work with; for HRC, at seeing both their hopes and their expectations of Marc Marquez' ability confirmed; for Bradley Smith and Michael Laverty, at making such rapid progress on their early days in the class.

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HRC Boss Reveals Details of Honda's Production Racer: Conventional Valves, Standard Gearbox, a Million Euros

The production racer version of Honda's RC213V is another step closer to reality. At Sepang, HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto spoke to reporters and the website about the new bike, and the progress being made on the machine which will take the place of the CRT machines from 2014 onwards.

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2013 MotoGP Sepang 1 Test Press Release Round Up, Day 3

The MotoGP teams and Bridgestone issued the following press releases at the end of the three-day test at Sepang:

Pedrosa remains on top as first test comes to an end

The first test of 2013 concluded today with Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa maintaining his place at the top of the timing sheet with a time of 2'00.100. Teammate Marc Marquez finished his first test of 2013 in 4th position with a top time of 2'00.636 after experiencing his maiden crash in the premier class.

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Alstare Ducati Unveil 2013 WSBK Livery And Sponsors

The Alstare Ducati team have today unveiled their official livery for the 2013 season, and as expected with a team that is so heavily backed by the factory, the predominant color is red. Though the Alstare effort goes without a title sponsor, four sponsors feature prominently. Energy T.I. is an Italian gas and electricity company aimed at the retail market, and also backs Andrea Iannone's half of the Pramac garage in MotoGP. Italian telecoms company TIM have defected from Ducati's MotoGP effort to join the Alstare WSBK team, while battery maker FIAMM also features heavily.

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2013 MotoGP Sepang 1 Test, Day 3 Times: Pedrosa Under Pole Record, Crutchlow Closes On Top 4

The first test of the 2013 MotoGP season is completed, and Dani Pedrosa has completed a clean sweep, topping the timesheets on all three days. The Repsol Honda man confirmed his role as title favorite by posting a fast lap under the existing pole record set by Jorge Lorenzo last year. He also opened up a serious gap to the trio who have been chasing him all test long, putting nearly a third of a second on Jorge Lorenzo, the Yamaha man falling just short of his own pole record.

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Crunching The Numbers: Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Marquez, Rossi - Sandbagging, or Chasing Glory?

So what are we to make of the times posted after the second day of testing at Sepang? The order in which the four 2013 aliens finished was roughly as expected: Dani Pedrosa just edging Jorge Lorenzo, with Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi close behind. But did this tell the whole story? Were the times down to a single fast lap by one rider, while the others were grinding out race simulations? Or is the order in which the top four finished an accurate reflection of what we can expect for the 2013 season?

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Suzuki Top Brass Visit Sepang: Will They or Won't They Make a Return?

When Suzuki left MotoGP at the end of 2011, it was with a promise to return in 2014. Since then, there have been a string of news stories pointing to an imminent return, with reports gaining a massive boost once (clearly leaked) 'spy shots' of the brand new inline four MotoGP bike Suzuki is working on emerged.

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