Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 24 Feb 2015
Marc Marquez shrugged off what he called a ‘stupid’ crash in Sepang today to storm to the top of the timesheets on the second day of testing.
The Spaniard lost time with braking issues on the first day, leaving him just sixth fastest but his HRC engineers solved the problem overnight allowing him to resume a full testing programme on Tuesday.
Marquez’ fastest lap of 1’59.844 placed him fastest from Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo by just 0.058 seconds.
The twice World Champion was unfazed as he crashed out unhurt at turn four with an hour of the day’s session remaining.
“I had a really stupid crash, I came out from the box, did one lap and then at turn four I went wide, I was turning slow, I was off line, the track was dirty and I crashed,” he explained. “I was lucky though, the bike was perfectly ok, it was like my crash in Misano!
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“Compared from yesterday I improved because we found the problem with the brakes. I lost all of the day yesterday as we were working only with the brakes as we could not figure out why they were not working. Today we concentrated more on new items and the set-up and character of the engine and electronics.
“We improved and found something, I was riding really well and tomorrow we will continue to try some things but more on the chassis time. We might not have time to do a race simulation as we lost yesterday and need time. We need to finish this test with everything clear for Qatar.”