Marquez progress cut short by tech glitches and rain
Marc Márquez did not had the best of starts to the Australian Grand Prix, in which after two practice sessions he was only able to complete 13 laps. Said 13 laps were completed in the second outing, after a problem with a connector affected his morning run. In the end, the Spaniard was fourth in the afternoon on the timesheets, seventh in the combined classification led by Pol Espargaró.
Marc Márquez had three attempts to get things going on his Moto2 machine during the first practice session of the penultimate round of the World Championship, taking place at Phillip Island in Australia. However, he made three early returns to the pits with an electronic problem. His team could not resolve the issue and it was not until the second session that he was able to ride with normality.
The Repsol rider clocked his best time on his sixth lap, a 1’35.703 that was 1.125 seconds off the top spot. After 13 laps and with 15 minutes remaining in the session, rain brought things to a close and the riders will have to wait until tomorrow to continue their preparations.
“We had an electrical issue this morning due to the crash in Malaysia, in which a connector broke. The bike would start, but in gear it would shake and then cut out. When the first session was over, the team found out where the problem was and solved it, which is the most important thing. In the afternoon we were able to go out and, in only 13 laps, we were able to get on the pace. Pol Espargaró might be far ahead, but we have room for improvement. We weren’t able to try out the tyres, because we didn’t have enough time, so we will wait until tomorrow and hope that we can do all the necessary tests.
It’s better to have these problems today and not on Sunday. When these things happen, you realize that we are only lacking two points but that in a World Championship there are a thousand ways to lose. We will be giving 100% as always.”
Source: Repsol Media