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Old 03-04-2016, 06:20 AM   #1
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Marquez More research and development needed on winglets

A crash at Turn 1 after four laps saw the Spaniard fail to better his time

MARC Marquez finished ninth on the time-sheets after day two of the Qatar test where the Repsol Honda Team also tested their new winglets.

Night two of the pre-season test at Losail International Circuit saw Repsol Honda’s Marquez take to the track with team-mate Dani Pedrosa. On his first run, the younger Spaniard improved on Wednesday’s time by nearly half a second before crashing without injury at Turn 1. He was able to quickly re-join the action and tried various chassis settings with his Honda RC213V.

The double MotoGP World Champion completed 42 laps with his best time of 1:56.046 set on lap 4 just before his crash. The crash appears to have knocked the Spaniard's confidence as he finished 0.610s off the pace of Maverick Viñales.

'We have taken some steps forward from yesterday,' said Marquez.

'We have improved the feeling when cornering - the bike turns in a little more - and that has allowed us to lower our times slightly, but we still have some problems exiting corners. The pace we have is good although we are still finding it difficult to get rear grip.

'The lap times are the same with both with new and used tyres; we could not take advantage of the new rubber and that is something we are working on the most.'

With just one hour remaining, Marquez also tested the new fairing with winglets as a solution to improving the aerodynamics. These are still in the development stage for the Repsol Honda Team and are unlikely to make a full-time appearance until further research has been conducted.

Talking about said winglets, the 23-year-old said: 'In the last run we tested some small winglets and we will have to analyse them well, because we only used them for one four-lap stint, so there will be further research and development. It is only the first prototype. Tomorrow we will try to take another step forward.'

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