Repsol Honda’s Marquez Wraps Aragon MotoGP Testing
2013 MotoGP Testing
Although Tuesday’s Motorland Aragon MotoGP testing was a washout for the Repsol Honda team, both Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez got in a full day on Wednesday.
The RC213V duo worked with the team, providing HRC much valuable information as the team preps for the Dutch TT in the Netherlands next weekend.
And on Thursday, the rookie Marquez remained at Aragon for a further day of MotoGP testing, putting in 60 laps on his current RC213V for additional familiarization. He posted a quickest lap of 1:48.496 aboard the Honda, which was over a half-second quicker than the Fastest Lap there set by Casey Stoner last MotoGP season (Repsol Honda, 1:49.046).
During the testing, Marquez experimented with multiple setups of the Ohlins suspension, and also new Bridgestone Tires.
Marquez was also able to perform 13 important laps on the first prototype bike for 2014 and give HRC engineers some vital feedback to take home to Japan.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says: “It’s been a positive test here in Aragon –which is one of my favorite circuits. I have learned quite a lot in these two days, in the beginning I struggled a lot in the long corners but together with my team we have progressed and today I was able to ride well, with a good rhythm. I’ve tested many things and every exit we had a different setting! Now I understand the bike a lot more than at the start of the season and after a few laps I am now able to understand if we have a good setting or not.
“Yesterday I concentrated on the coming GP’s and tuning the bike in preparation. Then today I tested new parts, some items with Öhlins and also a new tyre from Bridgestone. I was also able to complete 13 laps on the 2014 prototype machine.
“The first feeling was quite good and the engine has some improvement. With the chassis, there is also an improvement but also some areas to work on but we didn’t do any setup work on the bike. Anyway, this is a very good base for the HRC engineers to work from but at the moment I prefer our current 2013 machine.”
Marquez took his maiden MotoGP victory at Circuit of the Americas in Texas, and is currently third in the point standings, 30 points behind leader Dani Pedrosa.