With a dry start to proceedings at the Sepang International Circuit, the Repsol Honda Team were eager to get underway and Marc Márquez soon entered the track. Over the winter, a number of new parts and modifications have been made to the RC213V to ensure it will once again be challenging for the MotoGP World Championship. The conditions gave Márquez a chance to understand both the 2019 Honda RC213V and the condition of his left shoulder.
Despite only riding until just before 14:00 Local Time, Márquez was able to set a 1’59.621 and move to the top of the time sheets. By ending early, Márquez was able to undergo further physiotherapy on his shoulder and rest ahead of Day 2. Finally, Márquez concluded the day as the fastest rider, 0.259s ahead of second placed Rins.
Test Sepang 2019 día 1 - Marc Márquez's Statements
I’m very happy to ride again after a long winter, but I was expecting to be better than I was. I still don’t have full power, for one or two laps it’s ok but I had to change my riding style to compensate. We stopped early to save myself for the rest of the test, there are still two days and we will see what the feeling is.
Honda have been working really hard this winter and we tried a few things, but the list is really big. We’re trying the most important things first. The bike is already at a good point, but there’s always more to try before Qatar.