Lean On Me
by staff
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Ah, those carefree early MotoGP days for a rider, when gravity does not seem to apply. Enjoy 'em kid.
image thanks, repsol

Rookie Marc Marquez continued to add voltage to MotoGP testing Wednesday at Sepang, ending up third overall on his Repsol Honda RC213V for the second consecutive day.

But Marquez's ever-evolving riding style had paddock observers buzzing as much as the impressive digits he posted on the time sheets.

Marquez held extreme lean angles into some corners of the Sepang International Circuit, laying the bike over far enough to scuff the elbows on his leathers. He tipped the bike in more than Tuesday to try to gain time in tight corners, a weakness he pinpointed.

"When I compare the videos with the November test, already I have changed a lot, and I saw that even today I had changed from yesterday," Marquez said. "Sure, in the middle of the corner you need to use that (big) lean angle, but in the exit it is not important.

"Step by step, I just try to improve. For sure, I need to change the riding style a little bit compared with Moto2. The bike has very good potential, but at the moment I'm just concentrating on my riding style. I haven't arrived at the limit of the bike."

2006 World Champion Nick Hayden, no stranger to a wild child riding style when needed, was impressed with Marquez's gravity-defying riding.

"Marquez is going to be exciting this year," Hayden said. "It's definitely good for the series to have some good young talent with a new style and really extreme lean angle."


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