Repsol Honda new boy Marc Marquez is only a second off the MotoGP pace on his first full day of dry testing on the 2012 RC213V at Sepang.
The little Spaniard’s fastest lap out of the 60 he completed was a 2’01.355 which compares favourably to Jorge Lorenzo’s pole time of 2’00.334 from this season’s race. He also turned in some laps on the 2013 bike he will race next year.
"Today we finally had dry conditions for the whole day! 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," said Marquez.
"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."