Press releases from the Repsol Honda team and Go & Fun Gresini after the second day of testing at Sepang:
Marquez completes first full day in dry conditions
In the second day of testing in Malaysia, the weather has finally turned and been kind to rookie Marc Marquez. Although the track was still slightly wet this morning, by 11.30am it was drying out quickly and the Spanish rider was able to complete a full day of testing aboard his Honda RC213V MotoGP machine.
Marc spent the day trying various set ups and also tested the 2013 prototype which teammate Dani Pedrosa already experienced in Valencia. He completed 60 laps with a best time of 2'01.355. The team will return on track tomorrow for the final day of testing.
MARC MÁRQUEZ 2'01.355 60 laps
"Today we finally had dry conditions for the whole day! In the morning the track was a little wet still from yesterday but it dried up pretty quickly and we were able to go out on track at around 11.30am and make use of the entire day. In the first exit we improved our time from yesterday which is definitely a positive. Then we tried some new set ups and I started to understand the bike better and my confidence began to grow. I also tried the 2013 prototype today which felt good, but it's more important that I take my time to learn the MotoGP bike and adapt my riding style to suit these bigger machines. It's been a great day and I hope the weather remains dry for tomorrow so we can cover more laps and contin ue to learn".
BAUTISTA ABLE TO COMPLETE SOLID DAY AT SEPANG
The rain finally held off at Sepang today, allowing Alvaro Bautista to rack up 52 testing laps around an albeit still slippery circuit. With ambient temperatures between 33°C and 35°C the Spanish rider was able to clock a best lap of 2’ 01.89 as he continued to work intensively with the new material brought to Malaysia by Showa for the front and rear suspension. Small but important improvements were made throughout the day, with more tests on Showa updates due to be carried out on the final day of the test tomorrow.