Marquez happy with Honda progress
GP | February 10, 2017 2:39 PM HKT
Marc Marquez is feeling confident ahead of the 2017
season following testing at Sepang in Malaysia, which revealed
much about the new Honda setup.
This time last year, the Spaniard was concerned with the ECU
and acceleration problems. While the team made a giant leap
forward in a short space of time and Marquez went on to win his
third MotoGP title, he is happier now than he was during
pre-season in 2016.
“Last year we were much further from the top guys, I was
struggling much more,” the 23-year-old told
“Last year here in this moment I didn’t understand anything,
now we understand – we know – where the problems are.
“But also I want to wait for another circuit. Malaysia is a
special circuit – special conditions, really warm. I had the
experience of 2015 that I was really fast here [in pre-season
testing] then on other circuits struggling a lot.”
Marquez revealed that he worked with two Honda machines with
two different setup in Sepang.
“I worked with two completely different bikes and we have done
the back-to-back,” he added.
“With one bike we are almost at the limit, and with the other
there’s potential and room for improvement, but it’s matching
the other one.
“The feeling is that with one bike we are already kind of
limited and it’s difficult to understand where we can improve,
and with the other bike we have more torque and I feel that we
have more margin to improve.
“But now we need to decide which way we will go forward. We
will work with one and try to get more power and try to manage