Repsol Honda Jerez Free Practice Day One Report

Dani Pedrosa leads the way, Marc Marquez concentrates on race pace

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Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Gran Premio de España Free Practice 2017Courtesy of Repsol Honda

The Red Bull Spanish GP got off to a brilliant start for Dani Pedrosa, who led both the wet FP1 and the dry FP2 sessions. At the end of the day, the Repsol Honda rider was quickest by more than half a second over Jack Miller and by more than six tenths of a second over Cal Crutchlow, who completed an all-Honda provisional front row at the Andalusian track.

Dani and Jack were the only two riders today who were able to dip under the 1’40” barrier.

Reigning World Champion Marc Marquez set the fifth-fastest time in the morning and was 14th in the afternoon, choosing to end the session on the same set of medium tyres that he had used for the entire session, in order to take advantage of every minute of dry time available by continuing to work on his race pace.

The weather forecasts for the rest of the weekend are good.

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Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team, Gran Premio de España Free Practice 2017Courtesy of Repsol Honda

Dani Pedrosa
1st: 1'39.420
"Today we had a good day, positive both in the wet and in the dry. We tried to do as much work as possible, even if the track conditions changed quite a lot during the day. In the afternoon there were still damp patches here and there, but I tried to be fast early because quickly finding a good pace was important. We had two different bike setups and we managed to try both of them, so for tomorrow we'll be able to be more focused on choosing the best tyres. For sure the air and track temperatures will increase a lot, so tomorrow we'll concentrate on that and on further improving the feeling on the bike, although it was already very good today."

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Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Gran Premio de España Free Practice 2017Courtesy of Repsol Honda

Marc Marquez
14th: 1'40.915
"Today we focused particularly on working for the race. Of course if you look at the position, we're far away, but in reality there are already many positives we can count on. This afternoon we spent the whole session on the same tyres and in the end we decided not to go for a time attack because we were concentrating on trying two very different setups and it was important to decide on one of them. We chose one that has many positive aspects and some that we want to improve, so tomorrow we'll concentrate on finding the best compromise to get better and better before Sunday."

Free Practice Results

Pos. Rider Num. Nation Team Time/Gap
1 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1'39.420
2 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 0.544
3 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 0.625
4 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team 0.871
5 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing 0.958
6 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 0.959
7 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team 0.972
8 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1.008
9 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team 1.059
10 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1.153
11 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing 1.219
12 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1.278
13 FOLGER Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech3 1.353
14 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1.495
15 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 1.599
16 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1.745
17 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1.745
18 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 2.012
19 TSUDA Takuya 22 JPN Suzuki Test Team 2.467
20 LOWES Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2.485
21 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team 2.489
22 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing 3.095
23 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing 3.210