2013 Aragon MotoGP Private Test, Day 3: Marquez Test 2014 Bike, Suzuki find improvement
The Motorland Aragon test is over. After the second day of good weather at the Aragon circuit, Marc Marquez finally got a chance to ride the 2014 version of the RC213V which Honda had brought to the track, while Suzuki solved the braking problems which De Puniet had been having, and allowed him to find an extra burst of pace.
Marquez spent most of the day testing his 2013 machine, however, working on set up and testing a range of new parts which HRC had brought to the test. The Spaniard ended the day with a best time of 1'48.496, six hundredths slower than his best time from Wednesday, and four tenths slower than the time set by Jorge Lorenzo the previous day, when Yamaha were testing at the circuit. On the 2014 bike, Marquez posted a best time of 1'49.141, a second slower than Lorenzo's best time from yesterday. The bike was improved in some areas, Marquez said, but it still needed some work. Like Dani Pedrosa, who had rejected the idea of racing the bike at Assen after testing it, Marquez said he would not be racing the machine in the short term.
Randy de Puniet had a very busy day, working through a full program, and ending a second off the pace of Marquez, and 1.5 seconds off the pace which Lorenzo had set the day previously. But the Frenchman was 1.3 seconds faster than he had been the day before, clearly having solved a number of issues with the bike. The Suzuki XRH-1 will now be flown back to Japan, where it will undergo more test with Suzuki's test rider Nobu Aoki at the helm. It will reappear in Europe in September, at the post-race test in Misano, and then at a private test at Mugello shortly afterwards. Honda, meanwhile, pack up and head to Assen, for the Dutch TT at the iconic Assen circuit in 9 days time.
|93||Marc Marquez||2014 Honda||1:49.141||0.645|
|14||Randy de Puniet||Suzuki 1||1:49.530||1.034|
|Best time from Wednesday|