Austin MotoGP test: Marc Marquez fastest again on day two

Marc Marquez remained on top on the second day of the private MotoGP test at Austin

Austin MotoGP test: Marc Marquez fastest again on day two

Honda's rookie set a 2m03.853s lap to outpace team-mate Dani Pedrosa by 0.123 seconds.

"Having a good pace early was important, because it allowed me to start to try things out," said Marquez.

"For the rest of the day we kept dropping our times and keeping to our strategy: testing things and confirming the results to eliminate any doubt.

"We did a great job today and the team is really helping me a lot. I am learning so much during these days - most of all with the electronics."

Jorge Lorenzo was top Yamaha rider in third, with team-mate Valentino Rossi behind LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl again in fifth.

Yamaha will not stay for the final day of running on Thursday, which team boss Massimo Meregalli said was always the plan.

"Today the results we got are quite promising and we are leaving Austin with a lot of useful data," he said.

"The test here was organised by Honda to cover three days but we knew from the beginning that two days would be enough for us.

"The target was to allow the riders to get used to the circuit and get as much data as possible for our Japanese engineers."

American CRT teams Attack and GPTech, both of which will make wildcard appearances this year, joined for day two but had troubled sessions.

Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap 1. Marc Marquez Honda 2m03.853s 2. Dani Pedrosa Honda 2m03.976s + 0.123s 3. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2m04.351s + 0.498s 4. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 2m04.640s + 0.787s 5. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2m04.960s + 1.107s 6. Blake Young Attack APR-Kawasaki 2m13.641s + 9.788s 7. Michael Barnes GPTech BCL-Suzuki 2m13.993s + 10.140s 
shares
comments
Jorge Lorenzo believes rivals are wrong to skip Austin MotoGP test

Previous article

Jorge Lorenzo believes rivals are wrong to skip Austin MotoGP test

Next article

Yamaha says test highlighted where bike is trailing rival Honda

Yamaha says test highlighted where bike is trailing rival Honda
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Drivers Marc Marquez
Teams AB Motoracing
What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best? Plus

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best?

Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets

MotoGP
Apr 20, 2021
How Yamaha’s rookie-spec MotoGP star is taking charge Plus

How Yamaha’s rookie-spec MotoGP star is taking charge

Fabio Quartararo is on a roll in 2021, having stormed to victory at a venue where he last year served up one of his worst races. Contrasting Portuguese GPs for Yamaha’s factory duo make it hard to understand just how good its 2021 MotoGP bike is, but the Portimao weekend has revealed one key improvement compared to 2020

MotoGP
Apr 19, 2021
The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return Plus

The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return

Even by Marc Marquez’s own high standards, his MotoGP comeback on Friday at the Portuguese Grand Prix will be considered a success even if he didn’t top the times. But having shown competitive pace on his first day back, both Marquez and his rivals know plenty more challenges are to come

MotoGP
Apr 16, 2021
Where does Honda's new MotoGP signing sit ahead of its king's return? Plus

Where does Honda's new MotoGP signing sit ahead of its king's return?

Pol Espargaro’s first results as a Honda MotoGP rider may not appear special. But dig a little deeper and a clearer picture of his performance emerges. And, as Lewis Duncan writes, it’s cause for celebration at Honda with the return of Marc Marquez set to provide Espargaro with the reference he has been missing so far this year

MotoGP
Apr 12, 2021
The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons Plus

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons

MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact

MotoGP
Apr 9, 2021
Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash Plus

Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash

Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy

MotoGP
Apr 6, 2021
Has Yamaha banished its demons with its 2021 MotoGP bike? Plus

Has Yamaha banished its demons with its 2021 MotoGP bike?

Against the expected run of play at Qatar's Losail circuit, both Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo carved through a resolute Ducati defence to secure back-to-back MotoGP wins for the Japanese marque. After a difficult 2020, it appears that Yamaha has swaggered back into championship contention

MotoGP
Apr 5, 2021
Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP Plus

Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP

Lightning hasn't struck twice for Maverick Vinales since 2017 and his wayward form of recent years makes predicting how he'll fare each MotoGP race weekend tricky. But fresh from his Qatar GP win, Vinales looks like an even more dangerous prospect for the Doha GP following an intriguing Friday practice

MotoGP
Apr 3, 2021