Motorcycle Racing News Moto2: Marc Marquez First Laps

Moto2: Marc Marquez First Laps

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Marc Marquez had to wait another day to ride his new Suter Moto2 machine, as the rain in Spain had postponed the announced debut of the Repsol rider in the middle-weight MotoGP class.

The newly-crowned 125cc GP World Champion and his new team preferred not to risk a hasty start in adverse conditions.

Constrained to the garage, Marc Marquez said: "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."

The next day the weather broke and the reigning 125cc MotoGP World Champion now knows how it feels in the saddle of a Moto2.

Marquez did his first laps of the Jerez circuit on the race bike he will use in the 2011 motorcycle racing season. Marquez went out on the Andalusian track at 12:20 p.m. and started to ride five-lap stints to get used to the feelings of the bigger displacement class.

The day started off overcast and the racetrack was full of puddles from the rain that fell yesterday, but the clouds gradually scattered and the sun finally came out.

After making sure that the track offered good conditions, without large puddles and a temperature of around 23-degrees C, the Repsol Moto2 rider did his first five laps and then went back to the garage to tell his team his initial feelings.

Marquez will continue testing today and tomorrow to carry on adapting to the new Honda-powered Suter Moto2 motorcycle, with a 600cc four-stroke engine and which is heavier and has much wider tires than the small 125cc MotoGP two-stroke bikes that he has ridden up until now.

After adjusting his riding position and the gear and brake levers, the Repsol Moto2 rider was able to get to know his new team, which thanks to its experience will help him to gradually improve his performance.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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