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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.RiderNumNationTeamTime/Gap
1DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITADucati Team1’54.907
2MARQUEZ Marc93SPARepsol Honda Team1’55.091
3IANNONE Andrea29ITADucati Team1’55.104
4LORENZO Jorge99SPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1’55.500
5ROSSI Valentino46ITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1’55.581
6PEDROSA Dani26SPARepsol Honda Team1’55.582
7CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBRCWM LCR Honda1’55.624
8SMITH Bradley38GBRMonster Yamaha Tech 31’55.648
9ESPARGARO Pol44SPAMonster Yamaha Tech 31’55.658
10ABRAHAM Karel17CZEAB Motoracing1’55.765
11HERNANDEZ Yonny68COLPramac Racing1’55.772
12ESPARGARO Aleix41SPATeam Suzuki Ecstar1’55.795
13REDDING Scott45GBREstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1’55.803
14VINALES Maverick25SPATeam Suzuki Ecstar1’55.810
15BARBERA Hector8SPAAvintia Racing1’56.058
16HAYDEN Nicky69USADrive M7 Aspar1’56.104
17DI MEGLIO Mike63FRAAvintia Racing1’56.259
18LAVERTY Eugene50IREDrive M7 Aspar1’56.342
19PIRRO Michele51ITADucati Team1’56.476
20BRADL Stefan6GERAthina Forward Racing1’56.724
21MILLER Jack43AUSCWM LCR Honda1’56.758
22PETRUCCI Danilo9ITAPramac Racing1’56.762
23BAZ Loris76FRAAthina Forward Racing1’56.936
24BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPAAprilia Racing Team Gresini1’57.273
25DE ANGELIS Alex15RSMAthina Forward Racing1’57.390
26MELANDRI Marco33ITAAprilia Racing Team Gresini1’57.982
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