2011 Repsol Moto2 Prep
Although he was scheduled to make his debut ride on the Repsol Moto2 motorcycle today, heavy rains at Jerez canceled the plans of the 2010 125cc MotoGP Champion, Marc Marquez.
The 17-year-old Spaniard Marquez used one of his championship-winning characteristics, patience, and decided to postpone his first test on the Monlau Competicion Team's Suter Moto2 bike.
Marquez and his Repsol Moto2 team stayed in the garage on Wednesday, hoping for better conditions on Thursday.
Repsol says: "With a bike unknown to Marquez, a team created from scratch and made to measure for the Repsol rider and in a totally new category for the 125cc champion, the rain was not his best ally for clocking up the first few kilometers of this new project."
Marc Marquez says: "I was looking forward to riding and I still am because today I was left wanting to get started, as it has been raining and we decided not to go out on the track. If it rains tomorrow, I'll have no choice but to ride in the wet because the days are coming to an end but to try a new Moto2 bike, with a new team, it's better to wait for better conditions."
"I'm really excited about this project, in which we will have a structure made up of people with a lot of experience and the support of two very strong sponsors to whom I'm very grateful for this opportunity, which does not come easily these days."
"We'll see if the weather improves tomorrow because I can't wait to try the bike, which will have the Suter chassis in the end, an option that proved competitive this season."
This year, Marc Marquez earned his first 125cc Championship on the Repsol Derbi motorcycle. It was his third year of racing in the MotoGP 125cc Championship, and he became one of three Spaniards to earn a title in World Championship racing for 2010, including Jorge Lorenzo in MotoGP and Toni Elias in Moto2.