Marc Marquez leads the way at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, Dani Pedrosa second
After a frustrating morning session, due to low grip levels, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, fully maximised this afternoon’s FP2 session.
The two Spanish riders were the only ones capable of recording times in the 2’05’s as temperatures improved significantly from this morning – air temperature climbed to 18ºC (compared to 13ºC) and the track temperature doubled to 36ºC.
Both Marc and Dani put on a new soft rear tyre with 14 minutes of the session remaining, and lit up the time sheets, taking 1st and 2nd respectively. Marc went on to further improve his time on his final lap of 16 with a 2’05.031, improving on this morning’s time (2’08.756) by over three and a half seconds. Dani, who struggled more in this morning’s session, improved his time from FP1 (2’10.356) by almost five seconds with his lap of 2’05.585 set on lap 11 of 16.
Marc Marquez – 1st – 2’05.031
“It’s been a very positive first day. We took the top time and, even though these are only practice sessions, this is important. I think that the key to this Grand Prix is that day-after-day, session-by-session, the grip levels will improve. We have to be aware of this and also to the temperatures – which vary a lot, with much more heat in the afternoon than in the morning. We need to find which tyre works best for every session, and above all we will be working with the race in mind. Let’s see if tomorrow we can continue along the same upward path”
Dani Pedrosa – 2nd – 2’05.585
“Today was a difficult day, because the track had no grip and in general I think all the riders had problems leaning the bike over in the corners. In the morning the tyres took a bit of a beating, but in the afternoon the situation improved a little. In the second session we were able to ride a little better, although I hope that the circuit grip levels increase in the run up to the race, so that we can also improve with them”
Source: Repsol Honda Team