After a disastrous first day of testing in Qatar, Marc Marquez has admitted that his confidence has been significantly dented.
After placing an uncharacteristic tenth fastest, over a second in arrears of pace-setter Jorge Lorenzo, and 0.9s slower than his fastest lap in the 2015 race at the Losail International Circuit it would be fair to say that Wednesday’s testing session could hardly have gone any worse for the Repsol Honda Team rider.
The Spaniard was impressive at Phillip Island two weeks ago and his inability to build on that strong showing will add to Wednesday’s frustration.
“Definitely we struggle, today quite a lot. We are trying to work on some aspects of the bike to improve. The positive thing is that still two days remain,” the 23-year-old explained.
“The main problem is mid-corner turning and exit. The main thing is it is like a consequence. The entry of the corner is not so bad but mid-corner it’s hard to turn. Then in the exit you use too much banking because you can’t turn in the mid corner.
“Everything is related. We are trying to improve the turning of the bike and then trying to improve the exit. The thing is me and Dani are using a different chassis and we both have the same problem. Also Cal. We are trying to find the way.
“In Malaysia we were struggling with the electronics but there you can use our potential that is the braking point. You can brake late. Here you can’t because all the corners are quite big and you must float on the bike on the track. We are trying to improve this area.
“Today I worked more on the engine. For Honda it was important to understand one thing. Tomorrow I will concentrate more on the chassis. On the last day more on the electronics but we must improve the balance of the bike, to try and give me the confidence again.
“In Phillip Island the confidence was there but here I lost quite a lot of confidence.”