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GP Week : Issue 146
Marc Marquez dispelled fears that lingering vision problems will ruin the start of his second Moto2 season, running strongly in the final three days of official testing at Jerez after missing the previous outings. But the Spanish Repsol Suter rider failed to underline his recovery with fastest time ... placing fifth overall, less than half a second off the best time. That was set by Kalex rider Claudio Corti, who came through in the final session to knock long-time leader Thomas Luthi (Suter) off the top of the list by four thousandths of a second. They were the only riders under 1’42 – the fastest- ever lap for the class was Stefan Bradl’s pole time last year, at 1’42.706. Pol Espargaro and Mika Kallio (both Kalex) took the next two places, but all eyes were on Marquez as he strove to make up for lost time and finally put the effects of his double-vision problems behind him. The injury cost him an almost certain maiden Moto2 title last year. He pronounced himself “very happy with these three days. I’ve been steadily re-finding confidence with the bike: you can't help but lose that a little after five months out,” he said. “The next challenge will be Qatar, and logically we won't be at 100 percent there.” MARQUEZ IS BACK Fears dispelled as favourite gets up to speed at tests A4 Advert - A_Layout 1 13/03/12 03:32 Page1 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: MOTOGP >>> NEWS