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Moto2: Marc Marquez Record Lap in Valencia

Moto2 Record

It was a very positive result in the second tests of the year for Marc Marquez as he steps-up to the middleweight FIM Moto2 machine, after three intense testing days in Valencia Spain ending on Feb. 14, 2011.

The young Repsol MotoGP rider leaves the track at the top of the Honda-spec 600cc-powers class after setting an impressive time of 1 minute, 35 seconds and 6 tenths, showing impressive progression in this intermediate class.

The third Moto2 test session took place again in a sunny day. Márquez took full advantage of the track from the moment it reached enough temperature -22ºC- around noon, until five in the afternoon, when the Moto2 session finished.

Márquez and his team focused on fine-tuning his bike with 5-lap runs, to try and find the most adequate set-up.

After that, the current 125cc World Champion did a 7-lap run in which, after running the whole time under 1 minute 36 seconds, he was able to set an impressive 1 minute, 35 seconds and 6 tenths time.

Marc Marquez smashed the pole position time set by Toni Elias last November at the Valencia Grand Prix (1 minute, 36 seconds 144 thousandths), an impressive mark for the new Moto2 racer.

Márquez will test next in Portugal at the Estoril Circuit.

Marc Márquez (Repsol Moto2) says: "It is a very positive outcome for this three days of test. We set a time one second and a half faster than the first day and we have been constantly progressing, so we leave Valencia very satisfied.

"We tested some more things on the set-up, but we still have a lot to try, so we must keep focused and work step by step. The time we set was really good, but that was not our main objective, as the most important thing is to keep getting familiar with the team and test different configurations for the bike.

"We were very consistent and I hope that we are able to do the same in the next tests in Portugal. The adaptation to the class is going well, but we still have a lot to do before the first race of the 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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