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Moto2: Final Marquez Test Day Rained Out

Marc Marquez Moto2 Test

The last test day of 2010 for Marc Marquez aboard his Repsol Moto2 machine was plagued by heavy rain, preventing the Spaniard and his team from getting onto the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain.

The 2010 125cc MotoGP Champion was unable to complete any laps due to the weather, and this means the 17-year-old Spaniard will not pilot a the Moto2 machine until February.

Tuesday’s test was the last one teams were able to perform due to the winter ban imposed by MotoGP regulations during December and January; not teams or riders can participate in any tests during these months.

Always patient, Marquez decided to opt out of the final Moto2 tests due to the weather conditions. Marquez had his first test on the Repsol Moto2 motorcycle at Jerez last week, although one day was a complete rain out like Tuesday’s session at Catalunya.

Marquez completed a total of six laps last Friday at Jerez, four before the rain began falling; these four laps were valid for taking down his lap times. And although little time was spent on the Spanish circuit, Marqeuz significantly improved over his Thursday times.

During the Jerez test on Friday Marquez and his Repsol Moto2 team made some adjustments to the motorcycle, which allowed for the bike to be handled more easily. But just when things were improving, the rain began to fall, forcing the team off the track.

Then the rains fell in Catalunya on Tuesday, preventing him from any other testing before the 2011 season.

Repsol says: “With the track wet, the asphalt at a temperature that did not guarantee grip and the rain falling intermittently, caution reigned at the 125cc World Champion’s garage, postponing the next test with the bike on which he will compete next season until February.”

Last week it was announced that Marquez had signed a two-year contract with Repsol, which guarantees Marquez “will have all the technical and personnel resources necessary to do battle in such a competitive category as Moto2 within the framework of a solid and stable project.”

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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