Marc Marquez, a Better Rookie Debut than Pedrosa and Lorenzo Had

According to an investigation carried out by the Spanish magazine Solomoto, Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez made a better debut in his MotoGP career than two of the (more experienced) riders in front of him at Sepang, team mate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo.
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Marc Marquez,a better debut in MotoGP than Pedrosa and Lorenzo had
Dani Pedrosa's first presence aboard a MotoGP machine was in 2005 and Lorenzo's was in 2007, but because Marquez and Pedrosa have both debuted at Sepang whereas Lorenzo raced at Jerez, Solomoto judged everything in percentage, and not in absolute time differences.

Having dug up each rider's debut performance, Solomoto wanted to see how far was each rider from the top rider in the past, again, on a percentage scale. Jorge Lorenzo was within a 99.11% margin of the fastest lap time at his debut, while Pedrosa was a bit better, scoring 99.346%, with the higher percentage being obviously, better.

Marc Marquez came in 99.76%, with a noticeable difference in front of his older fellow riders. These are only figures of course, and sometimes the real-life racing has a lot of surprises in store. However, seeing Marquez at Sepang finishing 2 days in the third position close behind Pedrosa, Lorenzo and in front of rider extraordinaire Valentino Rossi, is not a feat we get to see each season.

Rossi managed to sneak into third during the third day of tests, but still Marquez wasn't either lazy or low on morale, despite his first MotoGP crash. The Repsol Honda rookie is definitely one guy whose racing we plan to watch closely.
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