After claiming the pole position on Saturday and losing his first race of the season on Sunday, Marc Marquez set a new lap record on Monday astride his new machine for the 2015 MotoGP season. The new machine included the changes the riders had pointed out almost a month ago at the same track. The track conditions were better than July when the initial test took place.
Riding his 2015 prototype, Marc Marquez set a lap time of 1’55.411 on lap 54 of 65 which is 0.116 faster than Cal Crutchlow's lap record (1’55.527) which he set in 2013 claiming his pole position. His time was also 0.174 seconds faster than his own time (1’55.585) which he set to claim the pole position after Saturday's qualifying session.
Commenting on his performance, an excited Marquez said, "Today went very well and I am very happy, because we’ve erased the doubts that we had after yesterday’s race. We didn’t understand what had happened. We reached the conclusion that many factors combined yesterday, because today we were fast from the start and had a good pace with the same setup as yesterday. This morning we focused on work with this year’s bike, using some different setups, and I immediately felt very comfortable. Later we tried out the new bike again, which has great potential, and we set a good time with it. The best thing is that the pace we had today was back to that which we had over the entire weekend – except for Sunday."
Pedrosa concentrated on improving his 2014 machine by working on different engine mapping settings and suspension settings. On this 2015 Repsol Honda, he was the third fastest rider on the day with a lap timing of 1’56.014.