MARQUEZ WORKING HARD TO FIX HONDA
Motogp champ completes over 270 laps in bid to get new spec engine spot on
Despite running at the front of the three-day Phillip Island test and finishing second overall, Marc Marquez has admitted that there’s still a lot of work to be done.
Marquez and his fellow Honda riders have been disappointed so far with the latest iteration of the RC213V’S engine, with the switch from screamer to big bang firing order configuration failing to bring the increased rideability and acceleration and decreased aggression that they’ve craved.
And despite an impressive performance at the test to finish second to Maverick Viñales – and to end the test with a number of very impressive race simulations, the reigning Motogp champion says that they can’t get ahead of themselves just yet.
“We found a small road, a small way. Every day I was saying the same thing, that we were missing something on the electronics and the engine. But on the final day, especially in the afternoon, we improved quite a lot. In the morning we did quite a big change and we spent a lot of time trying big things. But then in the afternoon we concentrated more on our base.
“We worked on these problems and immediately in every exit the lap time was coming better because
I was feeling better on the bike.
“It looks like they start to understand what I want with this engine. Still it’s not what I want but it’s getting better. HRC is working really hard. They are trying to fix the problems that I feel.”
But while he was able to find his pace at the end of the three days, one concern that remains in the Spaniard’s mind is their difficulty in establishing a true base setting.
Having completed over 270 laps during the three days, Marquez said: “We spent more than 100 laps per day working on this. We spent a lot of time, but I think it’s normal with a new engine. We must understand it. But it’s important to arrive in Qatar with a good base because during the race weekend we cannot do 100 laps per day. Since the first day of the preseason until now we’ve improved a lot. We still have three days testing in Qatar and we will try to improve even more. Then we’ll know from the first race if the engine is close.”
‘It looks like they start to understand what I want with this engine’
Marquez’s requested engine improvements from HRC are now starting to appear