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Moto2: Marquez Analyzes 2011 Repsol

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After first contact with his Repsol Moto2 machine in November, the winter break ordered by the FIM for December and January prevented Marc Marquez to rack up kilometers.

But Marquez and his new Moto2 will soon get together again on track to learn about each other better and complete his adaptation to the new class.

Before that moment arrives, the Repsol rider is analyzing in detail his new bike that will accompany him this season in his new Moto2 adventure. Marquez is reviewing the parts of a bike very different from the one used by the Repsol rider to become the 125 World Champion last year.

In Moto2, a class where all riders use the same engine, the organizers deliver them sealed- thousandths must be snatched to the clock by taking care of every detail. These details go from the selection of the suspensions, brakes or exhaust suppliers to the fairing design, in this case, tailor-made in the wind tunnel for the Repsol rider.

Nevertheless, it is on the chassis were the main differences are found. Marc Marquez and his team selected a Suter chassis, as the Swiss constructor already proved last year its great potential and evolution capability.

There are also significant changes compared to the 125 bikes, i.e. in the tire size. In Moto2 they are significantly wider and that forces to use a bigger swingarm.

To make the most of his possibilities when tackling this challenge, Emilio Alzamora’s pupil is taking advantage of the winter break to follow a physical training program with the objective to gain strength and improve his control over a much heavier bike than the one from last season.

Marquez completed his preparation by training in other disciplines, such as motocross or mountain bike, although the Repsol rider is already eager to put on his racing suit again and continue his adaptation work for the approaching 2011 season.

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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