Marc Marquez believes that Honda still need to find the right balance with their engine, with the 2016 engine too aggressive in the lower range
The Spaniard tested out the new engine in Jerez on Thursday, and having found the 2015 engine to be too aggressive in high revs, he feels that the 2016 model is too aggressive in low revs. Honda are also making use of Magneti Marelli electronics for the first time in 2016, and this has made it harder for the team to understand the problems they're facing.
“It's different. Last year's engine was aggressive in the top. Now we have more power in the bottom, but still we don't understand the way to deliver this torque," he explained.
"It looks like aggressive in the bottom, but then smoother in the top compared with last year, but the thing is that we can reduce, no? So we must work, because if we reduce too much, then we get aggressive in the top, so we must check to find the correct balance.”
Marquez also admitted that he isn’t a fan of the new Michelin tyres, and had a few nervy moments with his front tyre when approaching fast corners. Michele Pirro and Eugene Laverty both suffered crashes on Thursday, with Laverty breaking his wrist and dislocating his shoulder.
However, despite this, Marquez is confident that Michelin will be able to rectify the problems.
“We are struggling. One thing is the front tyre, which is still difficult to understand, but Michelin is working there, and I think this will improve,” he said. “But we know that with the electronics, this is what we have, so we must work with these electronics.
“At the moment, with the tyre is new, you can adjust, but the torque is quite aggressive in acceleration, the wheelie is coming too much, some laps more and some laps less, so not consistent but we are working there to try to be more consistent in the exit of the corner with the gas, and this will be much better for the acceleration.
“[I had] A lot [of near crashes] In the moment that you find the limit. Today it was a little bit better, because we worked with the set up, so it was better, but still a few crashes again today, Pirro, Laverty in the fast corners.
“So it's there that we are a little bit careful, because in the slow corners, always you try to push a little bit more, because you are 60kph, 80kph, if you crash, it's slow. But in the fast corners, always you take care, but sometimes you lose the front and you don't know why.”