Márquez: We set good times with both bikes
13 November 2013 – Newly crowned MotoGP World Champion Marc Márquez was back on track and quickest on Tuesday at Valencia as he kicked off his preparations for 2014. The Spaniard, who sat out testing on Monday, used two different prototype machines - one from mid-season and an evolution machine.
“After the celebrations, we were back on the bike today and I felt comfortable from the beginning,” recounted the Repsol Honda rider.
“The day's testing was important, because we gathered a lot of data and tried out two different bikes: the prototype that we had already ridden at Misano, and a new one brought in especially for this test. They are fairly similar and we were able to make a few improvements, but we still have some changes to configure. We set good times with both bikes and were consistent with our pace.
“On Wednesday we will focus on just one machine and work on setting it up in more detail,” he added.
Team-mate Dani Pedrosa meanwhile was also on track and was similarly upbeat, ending the day third.
“Today we mixed our testing between the 2013 and 2014 bikes. The track conditions were good and there was a lot of grip, so we were able to put in a lot of laps,” Pedrosa stated. “In general it was a good day of testing and we pushed every part to the limit to try and see the pros and cons of each one.
“We found some references with the new bike, as there are already a few changes: For example, the ECU, which is the same for everyone. We have also worked on some other aspects of the bike and are trying to adapt to them.
“There is still a lot to be done and tomorrow we will continue working to carry on progressing,” he concluded.