Repsol Honda finished its 2012 test season and headed for the holidays with rookie Marc Marquez comfortable and on top at Sepang. Hark the Dorna angels sing, glory to the newborn king.
Marquez led the last day of a three-day test at 2:01.56 - two-tenths slower than his best lap Tuesday of 2:01.355. But Marquez still was sixth-tenths quicker than 2012 podium finisher Alvaro Bautista, who topped out at 2:02.150 on his Gresini Honda.
"In the end, I am very happy because my lap time was pretty constant, and I feel a good rhythm on the bike now," reigning Moto2 World Champion Marquez said. "Physically, I'm happy. For sure, I need to do some work now in the winter to arrive at the next test stronger and fitter. But in general, I feel good. Even on the longer run of 10 laps today, the lap time was consistent, and I felt strong. It's been a good test, and I feel we have improved each day.
"We tested many things today. We knew that some wouldn't work, but it gives us an idea and direction for the testing here in February next year."
Bautista continued to focus on the Showa suspension on his Honda. After the test, the Gresini team announced it would stick with the Japanese forks for the 2013 season even though the other Honda prototype riders - the Repsol twins of Dani Pedrosa and Marquez, and Stefan Bradl at LCR - all will continue with the Swedish-built Ohlins suspension next season.
Gresini and Bautista will serve as R&D for HRC, which plans to use Showa suspension on the production version of the RC213V that it will sell to teams starting in 2014.