Finally the Sepang Test has come a close, Marc Márquez completing a total of 105 laps while evaluating the various new parts for the 2019 Honda RC213V and the condition of his shoulder. With his recovery from shoulder surgery is still continuing, his running over the three days was limited but the seven-time world champion remained able to set competitive times and completed his testing programme.
Starting early each day, Márquez diligently assessed the most important parts developed over the winter by Honda. Improving his overall time by half a second, Márquez finished the Sepang Test with a 1’59.170. Although he ended the test as the 11th fastest rider, Márquez and the entire Repsol Honda Team remain pleased with the progress made over the three days.
Marc Márquez and the Repsol Honda Team will next be on track for the Qatar Test, February 23 – 25, where Jorge Lorenzo is scheduled to return from injury.
Test Sepang 2019 - Marc Márquez's statements
Day three was very positive, especially with my physical condition – I’m feeling much better. Yesterday I was a little worried about riding today, but I woke up and felt better. We were able to try many things for Honda today and I felt really good on the bike, comfortable and consistent.
Everything we had planned to do this test, we have done. Of course I would have liked to ride more but we had to take it a bit easy. Even so, I’m happy because I was riding easy, not in my riding style but I was able to ride more. I didn’t crash and we tried the most important things for the Repsol Honda Team, I am happy because of this.