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GP Week : Issue 178
MOTOGP >>> NEWS MARQUEZ AMAZES AT AUSTIN Rookie sweeps the board at exclusive test New Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez dominated all three days of special tests at the Circuit of the Americas at Austin last week, leading from start to finish from the cream of the factory riders. It was the first time all riders were on equal footing, with no previous data or track knowledge. The former 125 and Moto2 World Champion set the pace from the start, and continued to lead into the third day. By then, however, Yamaha factory riders Lorenzo and Rossi had packed up and left, and his team-mate Dani Pedrosa had cut short his final day after just 20 laps, citing neck pain while Marquez continued to circulate at speed, clocking up a day’s total of 60 laps. On the second day, with four factory riders present, plus LCR Honda satellite man Helmut Bradl and two US CRT riders, Marquez was just over one tenth faster than Pedrosa, and a full half-second ahead of Lorenzo. Rossi was fifth-fastest, slower than Bradl and a full second off the best time. Marquez went faster again the next day, but modestly opined: “It’s step by step, and the team is really helping me a lot. I am learning so much during these days – most of all with the electronics.” Rossi was not dismayed, saying the target had been to learn the circuit and continue to tune himself to the Yamaha. He confirmed Lorenzo’s comments of last year, that the Hondas are able to accelerate faster than us from the hairpins and they have a bit more grip on the edge compared to us. These are the areas where we have to work, in the flowing parts we are not so bad,” he said. 15 GPWEEK.com // 15 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: