Márquez tops the timesheet at first test in Jerez

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Alex Márquez got his 2018 Moto2 campaign off to the perfect start, beating his own pole position record by more than one second to top the timesheet after three days in Jerez.

Having focussed on development with chassis manufacturer Kalex for most of the three-day test, Márquez waited until the last session on the final day before heading out for a fast lap on the softer option tyre. The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider posted a time of 1'40.926 to finish 0.334s ahead of his closest rival, Francesco Bagnaia.

Alex Márquez:
"Obviously I'm happy with the final lap time; it's always good to see your name at the top of the timesheet, but it's just one lap. More importantly we saw some improvement in the bike during the final day, with some of the new components we were testing for Kalex and that also instils some confidence going into what promises to be a very competitive season. Now we need to confirm these improvements in Valencia, which is a circuit where we struggled a little bit for rear grip last season."

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