Marc Marquez has had his second test disrupted by rain as he attempts to learn the new Honda RC213V.
Marc Marquez has been joined by Alvaro Bautista as HRC run their second unofficial test in Sepang.
Not joined by Dani Pedrosa who “completed his schedule” in Valencia two weeks ago, or Stefan Bradl who is going under surgery for an arm pump issue.
Alvaro Bautista set the fastest time of the day, early this morning with a time of 2’02.19. Alvaro was testing new parts on his Showa suspension and tested Nissan brakes for the first time.
Marquez’s fastest time was a 2’03.65 before rain interrupted the efforts of the Moto2 World Champion.
The rain set in for the day at around 2pm local time, and left Honda largely frustrated after Marquez only managed to complete 26 laps, and Bautista 24.
It was a huge frustration for the 19 year-old who has limited track time to learn and perfect the art of riding on the Bridgestone tyres that every rider dubs the biggest difference when jumping on a MotoGP bike for the first time.
On his Repsol Honda blog Marquez said “I have been lowering my lap times as the day went on, but now the important thing is that we have better luck with the weather tomorrow and Wednesday, so that we can carry on working and getting used to the bike.”
Alongside Marquez and Bautista, two of Honda’s test riders: Kousuke Akiyoshi and Takumi Takahashi were also on hand to contribute to the progression and development of the 2013 RC213V. Before the heavens opened, Akiyoshi, the first rider on track this morning, posting a lap time of 2:04.21, from 32 laps. Whilst Takahashi recorded a 2:09.91 after 18 laps.
Honda have two more days to continue their testing, but the weather forecast for the next two days is exactly what you expect in Sepang in November. Thunder storms, unbelievable humidity and scorching conditions.