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Motorsport | MotoGP

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Marquez downplays Sepang pace



Marc Marquez has downplayed his flying start to MotoGP testing after finishing just 0.044s adrift of teammate Dani Pedrosa.

The MotoGP riders were in action at the Malaysian track on Tuesday where Pedrosa set the pace with a 2:01.157.

The Spaniard's main title rival, reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, was second quickest while Marquez brought his Honda home in third place.

The reigning MotoGP Champion clocked a best time of 2:01.201, which put him 0.44s behind Pedrosa and 0.036s short of Lorenzo's best.

"I'm very happy with how the first day went, because you always have a few nerves after a couple of months out," said the 19-year-old. "I thought that I would take a little longer to get back 'on it', but right from the opening laps I felt very comfortable on the bike.

"We picked up confidence from the start, although obviously we can still improve. I don't think the result should be used as a reference point, because we are all trying out new things. I focused on simply finding a good set-up and getting comfortable on the bike.

"I tried to put in a good time so that the day's testing had a purpose."

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