The Repsol rider ended the pre-season with good sensations in spite of his almost five month lay-off. The circuit of Jerez was the setting for the final test before the start of the World Championship on 8th April. Marc Márquez was in the limelight over the three day practice as he was always among the fastest.
It has been an atypical pre-season for Marc Márquez who, confident and calmly, recovered on time. He is now fully-fit to begin the new campaign and the Repsol rider finished the final practice in Jerez satisfied with his work.
The final day was shorter than the others and so Márquez went out onto the track at 11am, as the team plans dictated. He made several changes to the fork setup on his Moto2, the Repsol rider evaluating different configurations so that later in the season he can choose the best option during the season. In the timed session alongside the Moto3 bikes he did 35 laps, setting a best time of 1.42.430, the fifth fastest.
In the hour that the Moto2 riders were alone on the track, Márquez did another 18 laps, once again improving steadily until he set a 1.42.585, in spite of the traffic, the fifth fastest again. He did a total of 160 laps over the three days, more than 700km and was faster than the time of last year´s pole position confirming that he is back and ready to tackle the 2012 World Championnship.
Marc Márquez // 1:42.430, 53 laps, 234 km.
"Overall it has been very positive, above all seeing the situation that we were in and where we are now, so I think we have to be pleased with the results over these three days. Little by little we have been regaining our confidence with the bike, like it or not, after five months you lose that a bit. We started to try out different configurations on the bike and we got closer to the fastest riders, who are still a little ahead of us. Anyway, things went better than I expected. The next challenge is Qatar, and logically we are not fully prepared regarding the number of kilometres we have done and the amount of practice on the Moto2 because we did not have time, but we have to be patient and make the most of the situation".