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Ryder Notes: How Many Different Ways Are There To Do It?
by julian ryder, on the ground in spain
Saturday, May 03, 2014

Marc Marquez hasn't just invented new ways to ride a motorcycle, today he invented a new way to qualify. Marc himself had the idea and suggested it to his crew chief Santi Hernandez, who did the math.

On a day hot enough for a soft rear tyre to last just one lap of qualifying, they hatched a plan to get three runs and therefore three flying laps in the 15-minute session. Bear in mind that Marc had not had things his own way so far this weekend, with both Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo regularly heading him.

So Marc and Santi decided to do three runs and they'd achieve this by swapping bikes not rear wheels. Marc went out on his number-one bike, did an out-lap, a flying lap and an in-lap. He then went out and did the same again on his second bike, So his last run was back on the number-one bike, now shod with a new soft tyre and slightly cooler than it would otherwise have been. Marc promptly put it on pole and disposed of Lorenzo's absolute lap record which had stood since 2008, the last year, incidentally, when MotoGP featured qualifying tyres.

Just when you thought you'd found a weakness, he does that.

However, Marc shares the front row with his fellow countrymen and you feel that, as in Argentina a week ago, he's going to have to work for the win.

ENDS

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