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Marquez Finds Limit
by staff
Monday, February 11, 2013

With some older MotoGP riders slipping back on the time sheets, Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez continues to impress.
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There is a famous story where someone asked then multi-time world champion Eddie Lawson about GP rookie Wayne Rainey once, with the questioner suggesting Rainey would not be a rookie for long.

'Talk to me after he's crashed a 500 and then had to go fast,' Lawson is said to have said, sugegsting that the mental aspect of trying to lap fast on a bike that can bite you is daunting.

If anyone thought Marc Marquez was going to back off the throttle after he threw his first MotoGP bike into the gravel, they must be disappointed.

Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez enthralled many onlookers during MotoGP testing last week by holding extreme lean angles through the tight corners at Sepang.

But Marquez learned Thursday one of the golden rules of pushing a prototype motorcycle past its limit: Gravity bites.

Granted this is not a circa 1991 500 era highside, but it was his first crash.

The almost ever-smiling Marquez was unhurt after crashing in the final corner of the circuit Thursday and was able to continue testing on a second bike.

"I had the first crash with a MotoGP bike," Marquez said. "But we know why I crashed, and the important thing is to understand it. We knew the first crash would come eventually. And now I know a bit better where the limit of the front tire is.

"So bit by bit we are learning about everything."

Marquez ended up fourth overall on the time sheets at 2:00.636 on his Repsol Honda, five-tenths of a second behind teammate and test leader Dani Pedrosa.

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