Repsol Honda Team Catalunya Free Practice Report

Marquez tops standings on day one, good pace for Pedrosa

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Marc Marquez, Grand Prix of Catalunya Free Practice 2017Courtesy of Repsol Honda

Marc Marquez led both free-practice sessions on the opening day of the Catalan Grand Prix. FP1 started in mixed conditions and the Repsol Honda riders waited for the track to dry off before getting into action in the final minutes and setting the first- and fourth-fastest times.

In the afternoon, Marc and Dani were able to exploit the completely dry track to start working on their RC213V setup for the modified layout of the Montmeló Circuit (with track length shortened from 4.655 km to 4.652 km). They both kept a good pace throughout the session, with Dani also running at the top of the classification before settling for seventh in the end, just around two-and-a-half tenths off a top-three position.

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Marc Marquez, Grand Prix of Catalunya Free Practice 2017Courtesy of Repsol Honda

Marc Marquez
1st: 1'44.478

“Today I felt pretty good with the bike, as we already had a good base setup from the test we did here two weeks ago. In the afternoon we tried a few changes on the bike during our second run, but ultimately we preferred to go back to the setup from the test. We fit a new tyre and my last run was pretty good. We look forward to trying the hard Michelin rear tyre tomorrow, to understand what’s best for the race because it should be quite a bit warmer and therefore tough on tyres. We’ll try to keep the same level from today. The new track layout is different; the old one was more ‘natural,’ but ultimately it’s the same track and still enjoyable.”

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Dani Pedrosa, Grand Prix of Catalunya Free Practice 2017Courtesy of Repsol Honda

Dani Pedrosa
7th: 1'45.098

"It was a bit strange today, as the track conditions were quite challenging compared to the test we did here some days ago, maybe because of this morning’s rain. We need to improve the feeling and the tyre life, as that will be a very important factor for the race. This is one of hardest tracks on the calendar from that point of view, so tomorrow our main target will be working on the setup to improve the consistency of the tyres and the lap times. Regarding the new chicane, we know that there’s a risk of a crashed bike ending up in the middle of the track, but we’ve already spoken about it in the last Safety Commission meeting in Mugello, so we’ll see. Anyway, at least it’s a very slow chicane, so this should make things less dangerous.”

Free Practice Results (Revised)

Pos. Rider Num. Nation Team Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1'44.478
2 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team 0.222
3 FOLGER Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech3 0.361
4 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 0.405
5 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing 0.412
6 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 0.585
7 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 0.620
8 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team 0.638
9 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 0.640
10 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing 0.833
11 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing 0.897
12 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar 0.987
13 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1.076
14 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing 1.277
15 LOWES Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1.282
16 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1.332
17 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1.390
18 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1.454
19 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 1.489
20 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1.751
21 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 2.468
22 GUINTOLI Sylvain 50 FRA Team Suzuki Ecstar 2.524
23 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 3.414