23 Feb Repsol Honda Team maintain focus on second day of Qatar testing
The Repsol Honda Team worked diligently throughout the penultimate day of pre-season running as both riders continued refining their respective setups.
Testing in Qatar continued as the sun beat down on the Losail International Circuit, the second day beginning at 13:00 Local Time. While the opening round of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship will take place under Qatar’s famous floodlights, lapping during the day allowed both sides of the Repsol Honda Team garage to continue assessing the various aspects of the 2020 Honda RC213V MotoGP machine. Working steady from mid-afternoon, Alex Marquez and Marc Marquez completed a total of 94 laps between them.
Entering the circuit at 15:00 Local Time, Marc Marquez enjoyed a productive start to the day. A fall with just over three hours of the test to go at Turn 8 saw Marc escape injury and return to the circuit soon after, then improving on his lap time from before the fall. Finishing the day in 14th, the World Champion’s 1’54.823 from day one remains his best lap of the test so far.
Continuing to battle through a head cold, Alex Marquez improved his day one lap time by eight tenths and wrapped up the second day seventh tenths behind his Repsol Honda Team team-mate. Each lap has awarded Alex and his team more data as they continue to refine the Honda MotoGP machine for the rookie. The reigning Moto2 World Champion is aiming to make the most of his final day of testing before making his MotoGP debut early next month.
Now just a single day of testing remains before the MotoGP grid returns to Qatar for the opening round of action on March 08.