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Marc Marquez Qatar MotoGP 2015

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have completed a productive second day at the Qatar pre-season test. With more rubber laid down after yesterday’s action, track conditions improved today and the final times were very close with less than a second separating 1st and 14th. Marc spent the day working on general setup on his RC213V machine and Dani tested a new front fork as well as various other settings.

The top time was traded amongst a few riders and despite breaking the circuit lap record with his time of 1’55.091 on lap 27 of 54 (beating Stoner’s time from 2008 of 1’55.153), Marc had to settle for the 2nd spot on the timing sheets behind Dovizioso. Teammate Dani finished in 6th place with his time of 1’55.582 (lap 22 of 40).

The test concludes tomorrow and will signal the end of the 2015 pre-season.

Marc Marquez – 2nd

I’m happy that we improved our fastest lap, but above all I’m pleased with our overall pace, which is the most important thing. We have also gained confidence with the front end – thanks to a change to the geometry – which was something we had been finding difficult at this circuit. Tomorrow we will continue our programme, focusing on the rear in order to see if we can find more grip, but the overall verdict is positive so far and I feel confident.”

Dani Pedrosa – 6th

“Today we were able to improve our pace, put in some good laps and be more consistent, which is positive. We also worked on the front end of the bike with a new fork, trying to improve the feeling and corner entry. Tomorrow we will work on the rear, to see if we can find a bit more grip. That is an important factor at this track, because you spent a lot of time leaned over and I’m sure that any improvement would be notable.”

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1’54.907
2 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’55.091
3 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team 1’55.104
4 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’55.500
5 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’55.581
6 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’55.582
7 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR CWM LCR Honda 1’55.624
8 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’55.648
9 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’55.658
10 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing 1’55.765
11 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing 1’55.772
12 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’55.795
13 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1’55.803
14 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’55.810
15 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing 1’56.058
16 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA Drive M7 Aspar 1’56.104
17 DI MEGLIO Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing 1’56.259
18 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Drive M7 Aspar 1’56.342
19 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team 1’56.476
20 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Athina Forward Racing 1’56.724
21 MILLER Jack 43 AUS CWM LCR Honda 1’56.758
22 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing 1’56.762
23 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing 1’56.936
24 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’57.273
25 DE ANGELIS Alex 15 RSM Athina Forward Racing 1’57.390
26 MELANDRI Marco 33 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’57.982


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Emanuele Venturoli
Emanuele Venturoli
A graduate in Public, Social and Political Communication from the University of Bologna, he has always been passionate about marketing, design and sport.
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