Repsol Honda Team French GP Free Practice Report

Mixed results for Marquez and Pedrosa in cold and wet Le Mans

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Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez, Grand Prix of France Free Practice 2017Courtesy of Repsol Honda

Cold temperatures and intermittent rain showers throughout the opening day of the French GP produced mixed results for the Repsol Honda Team in Le Mans.

Marc Marquez, who used the new exhaust on both his bikes, was second fastest in wet-but-drying FP1 and then again in fully wet FP2, showing that he is already quite comfortable on his RC213V despite the tricky mixed conditions.

Dani Pedrosa suffered more in the cold conditions, struggling to put temperature into his rear tyre, and he set the 13th fastest time in the morning and the 21st in the afternoon, ending the day 14th in the combined standings.

The weather forecast for tomorrow and Sunday is better, and both Marc and Dani look forward to some dry track time in order to best prepare for the race.

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

Marc Marquez
2nd FP2 (2nd combined): 1'38.755

“It’s positive to have started well today, as here in Le Mans it’s important to be ready for any kind of conditions. This morning there were mixed conditions with the track drying toward the end, allowing us to do the last exit on slicks. The feeling was good already, but the most important thing was to be able to be fast in the full wet in FP2. We worked a bit on the rain settings and in our second run I started to feel really good on the bike. We’ll see how the conditions are tomorrow; it looks like it will be dry and I hope that’s actually the case because it seems that the race also will be a dry one and it will be important to set up the bike well. The new surface is incredible, at least from what we could see in the wet. The grip is very good and even if it’s not easy to put temperature in the tyres, when you do get it you can be really fast.”

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

Dani Pedrosa
21st FP2 (14th combined): 1'41.854

“Today it was a little bit difficult because in the morning we had quite changeable conditions, starting on the wet and finishing on an almost dry track. I changed to slicks a little bit too late and I couldn’t improve my lap time. This afternoon for some reason we weren’t able to put the right temperature into the rear tyre, so I had no grip. We tried to fix it but we couldn’t. We would like to understand why that happened but in any case we’ll focus on tomorrow. It seems we’ll have an improvement in the weather and therefore in the track conditions for the rest of the weekend, so we’ll work to improve our feeling and prepare well for the race.”

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Combined Free Practice Times

Pos. Rider Num. Nation Team Time/Gap
1 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1'37.467
2 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1.288
3 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 1.781
4 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 2.140
5 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing 2.960
6 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team 3.061
7 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 3.350
8 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 3.427
9 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team 3.557
10 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 3.840
11 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar 4.095
12 FOLGER Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech3 4.177
13 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 4.206
14 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 4.387
15 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing 4.420
16 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing 4.458
17 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team 4.480
18 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 4.627
19 LOWES Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 4.776
20 GUINTOLI Sylvain 50 FRA Team Suzuki Ecstar 5.424
21 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing 5.486
22 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 5.647
23 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 6.052