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Motorsport | MotoGP

Marc Marquez © Gallo Images

Marquez finally gets some dry running



MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez got plenty of mileage under his belt on the day two of the private test at Sepang on Tuesday.

The Spaniard was frustrated by wet conditions on Monday as well as the previous test at Valencia, but the weather finally played along at the Honda test on Wednesday.

Repsol Honda rider Marquez, Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista and test riders Kousuke Akiyoshi and Takumi Takahashi were all in action and it was the newcomer who posted the fastest time.

The 19-year-old Moto2 Champion completed 60 laps with a best time of 2m01.355s, which was 0.6s better than that of Bautista and was also over two seconds better than his time on Monday.

"Today we finally had dry conditions for the whole day!" he said.

"In the morning the track was a little wet still from yesterday but it dried up pretty quickly and we were able to go out on track at around 11.30am and make use of the entire day.

"In the first exit we improved our time from yesterday which is definitely a positive. Then we tried some new set ups and I started to understand the bike better and my confidence began to grow.

"I also tried the 2013 prototype today which felt good, but it's more important that I take my time to learn the MotoGP bike and adapt my riding style to suit these bigger machines.

"It's been a great day and I hope the weather remains dry for tomorrow so we can cover more laps and continue to learn".

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