Marc Marquez foiled by rain again in Sepang

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After a rain-disrupted MotoGP debut in Valencia earlier this month, Marc Marquez was hoping for better luck with the weather at the start of a three-day private Honda test session at the Sepang track in Malaysia today.

But the elements conspired against the Spaniard again and he was limited to only 26-laps on board the factory Repsol Honda RC213V machine.

Marquez had less than two hours of dry track time on his much-anticipated MotoGP debut in Valencia and he didn’t venture out on track in Sepang until after 11am as overnight rain left the track wet.

He managed only a few exits before the rain arrived again and in his 26-lap stint he’d managed a best time of 2.03.650.

The lap record is help by Casey Stoner from 2007 when the Australian set a best of 2.02.108.

Marquez, who was seventh fastest in Valencia, said: “At the moment the weather is definitely not our friend. This morning the circuit was wet and we waited until 11am to go out on track. After only four exits it began to rain again and the day was over for us.

“The grip level was very low and at the beginning it was quite difficult to find any grip at all. However, I am happy because I have been able to improve my lap time each time I went out, even though I remained on the same tyres.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt