Marc Marquez got through the first MotoGP test of the new season with flying colours as his repaired shoulder endured 47 laps on the final day alone at Sepang, while rookie brother Alex also showed promise for Repsol Honda. Here is all you need to know:
– The Malaysian track hosted three days of testing before the season opener in Qatar on March 8 with reigning champion Marc racing after shoulder surgery.
– The Spaniard performed well and, even though his Sunday ride came to a premature end as he fell at the final corner, he got in enough laps to feel optimistic.
– The 26-year-old revealed
“I finished the day with a good feeling as this morning we had a good rhythm and I put in the most effort today. I had a small crash at Turn 15, but this was down to physical condition. I tried a few things, but there is still work to do. The runs today were a little longer, but our speed was still good.”Marc Marquez
– Rookie brother Alex cut half a second off his previous best as he did 153 laps over the three days with the Repsol Honda Team completing 284 for precious data.
“The feeling every day was better – we were faster and felt better. This is the most important thing. For Qatar our aim is to continue to understand the set-up of the bike in various conditions.”Alex, 23, said
– Frenchman Fabio Quartararo led on Sunday for Yamaha – thanks to a 1m58.349s – with Briton Cal Crutchlow and Spaniard Alex Rins close behind for Honda and Suzuki respectively.
– Spaniard Pol Esparagaro finished seventh for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing with Australian Jack Miller in eighth for Ducati, Dani Pedrosa ninth testing the KTM and Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira 12th for Red Bull KTM Tech 3 before Marc came in 13th and Alex in 18th.
– Italian Andrea Dovizioso and France’s Johann Zarco were 15th and 17th respectively for Ducati.
– South African Brad Binder was 0.755 down in 19th place as Japanese rider Takaaki Nakagami was 23rd for Honda and young Spaniard Iker Lecuona ended the day in the final spot for Red Bull KTM Tech 3 1.549s behind.
– Teams and riders will enjoy a brief break before Qatar testing from February 22–24.