MotoGP: Round #12 Repsol Honda Free Practice Report - Silverstone

Marc Marquez Race Action Shot

Repsol Honda Press Release:

Reigning World Champion, Marc Marquez, sets second fastest time of the day, with Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa in fourth.

Just 0.033s separated Marc from being the fastest rider of the day at Silverstone on Friday. After setting the best lap in the morning free practice session at the British GP venue - where ambient temperatures only reached a chilly 16ºC- in the afternoon he was bested by Jorge Lorenzo and was forced to settle for the second best time of the opening day.

Dani made solid improvements over the course of the two free practice sessions. after finishing eighth in the first practice session, 1.236s off Marquez’ timesheet topping lap of 2:03.111. Despite a mechanical problem with his rear brake in the afternoon, the Spaniard took almost 2 seconds off his time. He cut the gap to eventual fastest man on Friday, Jorge Lorenzo, to just over 2 tenths, placing fourth.

Tomorrow sees the second day of action at Silverstone, with the headline attraction of qualifying for the British GP - round twelve of the season.

Marc Marquez Shot

Marc Marquez #93:

2nd 2'02.371

"I'm happy with today, as things have gone quite well. It was a good day and we have made continuous positive development, improving our top lap time considerably from the first session to the second. The important thing is that I felt very comfortable and we are up at the top, competing at the same level as Jorge, who is very strong and riding with a lot of confidence. Our goal tomorrow will be to keep up the same way of working that we saw today and to further improve in any aspect where there is still room to do so. We will focus especially on setting up the bike for the race, because it will be a long one."

Dani Pedrosa Race Action Shot

Dani Pedrosa #26:

4th 2'02.573

"I am satisfied with the work we have done today, as this afternoon we took a good step forward and I lowered my times considerably, but I would like to improve even more. We had a small problem with the rear brake; it broke and the rear wheel was slowing us down. Luckily it was only that small issue, and we will fix it. There are a couple of things we have to work on with the bike, especially corner entry and the fact that we are losing rear grip as the laps go by. We need to fix this to get closer to Jorge and Marc, who are very strong at this circuit . The goal is to qualify high up and be as close as possible to them. My foot is much better, there are a couple of corners where I still feel some pain, but on the rest of the track I can concentrate on my riding."

Practice Round 12   Octo British Grand Prix Results Session:

1     LORENZO Jorge     99     SPA     Movistar Yamaha MotoGP     Yamaha     2'02.338

** 2     MARQUEZ Marc     93     SPA     Repsol Honda Team     Honda     2'02.371**

3     SMITH Bradley     38     GBR     Monster Yamaha Tech 3     Yamaha     2'02.531

** 4     PEDROSA Dani     26     SPA     Repsol Honda Team     Honda     2'02.573**

5     DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4     ITA     Ducati Team     Ducati     2'02.761

6     ESPARGARO Aleix 41     SPA     Team Suzuki Ecstar     Suzuki     2'02.872

7     ESPARGARO Pol     44     SPA     Monster Yamaha Tech 3     Yamaha     2'02.972

8     IANNONE Andrea     29     ITA     Ducati Team     Ducati     2'03.219

9     REDDING Scott     45     GBR     Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS     Honda     2'03.284

10     ROSSI Valentino 46     ITA     Movistar Yamaha MotoGP     Yamaha     2'03.327

11     PETRUCCI Danilo 9     ITA     Pramac Racing     Ducati     2'03.339

12     VINALES Maverick 25     SPA     Team Suzuki Ecstar     Suzuki     2'03.391

13     BARBERA Hector     8     SPA     Avintia Racing     Ducati     2'03.618

14     MILLER Jack     43     AUS     LCR Honda     Honda     2'03.656

15     CRUTCHLOW Cal     35     GBR     LCR Honda     Honda     2'03.748

16     LAVERTY Eugene     50     IRE     Aspar MotoGP Team     Honda     2'03.877

17     HERNANDEZ Yonny 68     COL     Pramac Racing     Ducati     2'03.878

18     BAZ Loris     76     FRA     Athina Forward Racing     Forward Yamaha     2'03.977

19     DI MEGLIO Mike     63     FRA     Avintia Racing     Ducati     2'04.216

20     BRADL Stefan     6     GER     Aprilia Racing Team Gresini     Aprilia     2'04.416

21     BAUTISTA Alvaro 19     SPA     Aprilia Racing Team Gresini     Aprilia     2'04.885

22     HAYDEN Nicky     69     USA     Aspar MotoGP Team     Honda     2'05.295

23     ABRAHAM Karel     17     CZE     AB Motoracing     Honda     2'05.396

24     DE ANGELIS Alex 15     RSM     Athina Forward Racing     Forward Yamaha     2'05.820

25     CORTI Claudio     71     ITA     Athina Forward Racing     Forward Yamaha     2'06.275

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