Marc Marquez downplays Austin MotoGP test pace

Marc Marquez has played down the significance of his performance at what he labelled a 'fictitious' Austin MotoGP test

Marc Marquez downplays Austin MotoGP test pace

The Honda rider, who graduates to the premier class after winning last year's Moto2 title, set the pace on all three days at the US track.

Marquez had also been near the front in both group tests at Sepang, prompting Nicky Hayden to predict that he could change the face of grand prix racing.

Marquez however cautioned that the Austin test was not wholly representative and that he expected to be at more of a disadvantage on existing grand prix tracks on which his rivals have previous MotoGP experience.

"These three days were a little fictitious and the reality will be that everyone will be closer together," Marquez said.

"Of course, this result was better than I was expecting. [But] we have to look at the reality and not expect to go so well.

"In the end all world championship circuits are places where everyone else has ridden for years with these bikes. They have experience and a solid foundation.

"For me, this will all be new."

Marquez did admit to being pleased with both his ability to adapt to the Austin circuit and his increasing familiarity with Honda's RC213V.

"At a new circuit like this I adapted well, and that is a boost," he said.

"In Austin I already understood the bike a little better. With no base setting you have to work a lot more and, although it is tougher for the rider, in the end you learn more from that.

"I started to enjoy myself, I am a little looser [on the bike]. There are still moments where I stiffen up, but riding loose allows me to be more consistent.

"The truth is that at this more recent test I picked up a lot more. We planned it well."

shares
comments
Marc Marquez will change MotoGP, predicts Nicky Hayden
Previous article

Marc Marquez will change MotoGP, predicts Nicky Hayden

Next article

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo relationship 'much better'

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo relationship 'much better'
How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022 Plus

How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo has seized control of the 2022 MotoGP world standings after another dominant victory as his nearest rivals faltered. And he is very much heading towards a second championship echoing how the dominator of the last decade achieved much of his success

MotoGP
Jun 20, 2022
The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence Plus

The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence

OPINION: Marc Marquez will likely sit out the remainder of the 2022 MotoGP season to undergo a fourth major operation on the right arm he badly broke in 2020. It is hoped it will return him to his brilliant best after a tough start to the season without a podium to his name. But it’s the human victory that will far outweigh any future on-track success he may go on to have

MotoGP
May 31, 2022
Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma Plus

Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma

OPINION: The French Grand Prix looks to have made Ducati’s decision on its factory team line-up simpler, as Enea Bastianini stormed to his third win of the campaign and Jorge Martin crashed out for a fifth time in 2022. But, as Ducati suggests to Autosport, it remains in the strongest position in a wild rider market

MotoGP
May 16, 2022
The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP Plus

The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP

Suzuki's sudden decision to leave the MotoGP World Championship at the end of the season has acted as a stirring element in a market that had already erupted. Autosport analyses what this means for the grid going into 2023

MotoGP
May 11, 2022
How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP Plus

How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP

Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP bike has had a tough start to life and the expected early-season title charge from Francesco Bagnaia did not materialise. But the Spanish Grand Prix signalled a turning point for both the GP22 and Bagnaia, as the 2021 runner-up belatedly got his season underway after a straight fight with Fabio Quartararo

MotoGP
May 2, 2022
How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt Plus

How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt

In a little over two months, Honda has gone from setting the pace in MotoGP testing with its new RC213V prototype to being at a crossroads - caused by the discrepancy in its riders' feedback. After a Portuguese GP that underwhelmed, serious questions are now being asked of Honda in 2022

MotoGP
Apr 26, 2022
Why Quartararo's Portugal win wasn't only vital for his MotoGP title hopes Plus

Why Quartararo's Portugal win wasn't only vital for his MotoGP title hopes

Fabio Quartararo got his MotoGP title defence off the ground in the Portuguese Grand Prix as a dominant first win of 2022 rocketed him to the top of the standings. While a significant result in terms of his title hopes, it has come at an even more important time in terms of his 2023 contract negotiations

MotoGP
Apr 25, 2022
How a MotoGP legend is preparing for an unexpected comeback at Goodwood Plus

How a MotoGP legend is preparing for an unexpected comeback at Goodwood

Wayne Rainey, who’s paralysed from the chest down, will ride his 1992 500cc world championship-winning bike again at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. The American motorcycle legend explains how he's preparing to thrill on his first visit to the famed hillclimb

MotoGP
Apr 19, 2022