Marquez satisfied with first day, but still looking for improvements
Marc Márquez returned to action this morning on the British circuit of Silverstone after his excellent performance last week at the Catalunya Grand Prix, where the Repsol rider finished second in front of his fans. In this first day of practice, Emilio Alzamora’s pupil set the sixth fastest time in the morning and the second in the afternoon. The weather, as usual in this area, was the main protagonist of the day.
In the first session, the current 125cc World Championship improved steadily, placing himself among the fastest of the class until taking the second position. Despite maintaining that place for a long time, in the last minutes some riders where able to improve his time and he finished sixth in the morning session.
The second session started with the track completely wet due to the rain that fell on the British circuit in the previous 125cc session. The times were naturally slower and, despite the track drying quickly, conditions were very not easy, with some areas dry and other wet. Márquez was strong under that difficult conditions and he took the lead of the classification after the first half of the session.
He kept the first position until the last minute, when the Swiss rider Krummenacher outperformed him. Despite getting out on track in the last 8 minutes with slick tyres, the Repsol rider did not want to take any unnecessary risks in this first day of practice and he settled for the second place.
Marc Márquez FP1 – 2:10.750, 16 laps, 94 km. FP2 – 2:15.207, 15 laps, 88 km.
“We are slowly finding a base for the set-up that allows us to arrive to a circuit and ride comfortably. We are getting to it, although we still have a lot to do and here we still have many things to improve.
Anyway, we are satisfied because both in the morning and the afternoon we were amongst the top riders. Tomorrow we need to keep working like that, with the same concentration and improve those areas of the bikes that are not perfect yet.
I am happy with the way I feel on track and with the confidence I have on the bike. We will see which conditions we find tomorrow and on Sunday, although it seems that it will rain again. In the afternoon the practice was a bit strange, because there was a part of the circuit completely wet while the other was dry, so conditions were not good enough either for dry tyres or for wet tyres.
I think everyone will be able to improve a lot, because today was the free practice and nobody wanted to crash, so the results are not very significant. At least we were able to do some laps and take references of this circuit for Moto2”.
Source: Repsol Media