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Marquez 2nd/ Pedrosa 6th on Day Two in Qatar‏

Written by  on Monday, 16 March 2015 21:49

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 93: 2nd 1'55.091 (54 laps)

"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 26: 6th 1'55.582 (40 laps)

"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."

Results Session

Weather: Dry | Humidity: 78% | Track Temp: 25°C | Air Temp: 22°C

Pos.         Rider              Num    Nation         Team                  Constructor       Time/Gap

1 DOVIZIOSO Andrea       4         ITA       Ducati Team               Ducati             1'54.907

2      MARQUEZ Marc       93       SPA  Repsol Honda Team         Honda             1'55.091

3    IANNONE Andrea      29        ITA       Ducati Team                 Ducati             1'55.104

4    LORENZO Jorge       99        SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP  Yamaha           1'55.500

5   ROSSI Valentino        46       ITA   Movistar Yamaha MotoGP   Yamaha          1'55.581

6   PEDROSA Dani         26       SPA        Repsol Honda Team       Honda            1'55.582

 

From: Repsol Honda

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