Marc Marquez is certainly enjoying the Circuit of the Americas. The Repsol Honda rookie was the first out on track this morning - everyone waited until the track temperature was warmer - immediately posting a 2’04.836 just a few tenths from his yesterday’s best lap and then continued to improve as did everyone else and just before lunch did a 2′04.363 which was already two and half tenths faster, and then in the afternoon dropped under the 2.04 barrier with his fortieth lap, and stopped the clock in 2′03.853 which would remain untouchable for the rest of the riders.
Team mate Dani Pedrosa was again second and in his last hot lap managed to get much closer to Marquez, and he completed the day a little more than a tenth of a second from his impressive team mate who is already sharp as fox and with the experience of a veteran MotoGP rider who doesn’t want to reveal his secrets ,as he didn’t let anyone follow him around the track to see what lines he was taking.
This was the final day of testing for Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, as the team decided that they had enough data to work on before returning for the GP event in April, but the two riders were not completely satisfied with their results compared to the Hondas, both riders lamenting that they need to have better acceleration and more rear grip on their M1s.
Nonetheless Lorenzo concluded the day in third, while Rossi was again the last MotoGP rider and the one with the more laps done. He improved over yesterday, but not enough to keep up the Repsol Honda’s nor with his team mate and neither with Stefan Bradl who finish fourth and three tenths faster than the Italian.
MotoGP Austin Day 2 results:
1 MARQUEZ M.Repsol Honda Team 2’03.853
2 PEDROSA D.Repsol Honda Team 2’03.976
3 LORENZO J.Yamaha Factory Racing Team 2’04.351
4 BRADL S.LCR Honda MotoGP 2’04.640
5 ROSSI V.Yamaha Factory Racing Team 2’04.960