Marquez happy with bike feeling on first day at Brno
Marc Márquez resumed today the action after a long period of inactivity, like all Moto2 and 125 riders. Since the last German Grand Prix, where he won —July 17th—, the Repsol rider had not got on his bike, so the aim for this first day was to be cautious. And Márquez was able to progressively improve until finishing in the sixth overall position of the day.
In the morning, in the first free session, Marc set the eighteenth fastest time, more than one second behind the fastest rider, Germany’s Bradl. The Repsol rider focused on doing a good number of laps —17— and in taking the references in a track where he had not ridden yet at the wheel of a Moto2, one of the most technical tracks of the Championship. Márquez set his fastest time in the last lap, stopping the clock in 2 minutes, 4 seconds and 830 thousandths.
In the second free session of the afternoon, the Repsol rider progressed very fast, as he was in the top ten already in the first minutes, and in the top 5 at the end. Following his usual style, Márquez steadily improved his pace until stopping the clock in 2 minutes, 3 seconds and 923 thousandths, almost one second faster than in the morning session, which placed him in the fourth position, the sixth fastest time of the day.
Marc Márquez FP1 – 2:04.830, 17 laps, 92 km. FP2 – 2:03.923, 16 laps, 86 km.
“In the first day after the holidays the aim is always to take the pace of the Championship again, as the summer break interrupts our routine. We completed a Friday progressively improving and the afternoon went well.
Naturally, we need to improve and we will now study the data to see where we can do it, as I think we can improve in many points. I am happy with how the day went, following the trend of other Grand Prix, where it is usually difficult at the beginning and we improve steadily. I am specially happy of my feelings on the bike in the afternoon, as it went fairly well.
From now on, we will see tomorrow if we can get closer to the leaders. At the beginning we worked on finding the references with the Moto2, which was the most difficult. This circuit has many different lines, but it is fun”.
Source: Repsol Media