Álex Márquez got through a busy schedule as the first official MotoGP pre-season test finished in hot, muggy conditions at Sepang International Circuit on Sunday. The LCR Honda CASTROL rider took the opportunity to put in some hard yards on the 2022 RC213V prototype as he ramped up preparations for the new World Championship season.
The Spaniard enjoyed plenty of track time on both days – despite rain disrupting proceedings on Sunday afternoon – as he racked up the most laps of any rider at the two-day session. On Saturday, Álex completed 65 as he went 15th fastest, before adding another 57 on Sunday as he gathered valuable data in all conditions.
The second and final pre-season test will take place at Indonesia’s new Mandalika circuit from February 11-13.
Álex Márquez – 17th (1’58.800)
“Second day here in Malaysia and I think we did a really good job overall. The most important thing for us at this test was to get to know the bike, do many laps and gather information for the future. We are getting to know the bike more and more and we’re not doing badly. There is still room for improvement, but the base is really good, in terms of set-up and performance.
Today we were able to do nearly race distance with a simulation of 15 laps and the pace wasn’t bad, it was really constant. Unfortunately, the only thing we missed today was a time attack as, when I tried to make one, I had a really small crash, but the most important thing this weekend was the feeling. I want to thank my team for all their work on these two days, now we go to Mandalika with a clear plan of what we need to improve.”