Repsol Honda’s Pedrosa and Marquez in close fourth and fifth places on Day 1 at Misano2017-09-09 18:33
On the opening day of the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Dani Pedrosa set the fourth-quickest lap, just 0.115” down on the top time, improving on his best effort from FP1 (which had put him in P7) by over a second.
Marc Marquez was fastest in the morning and was lapping at the front in the afternoon session as well, but was unable to try a final time attack after suffering a small crash at turn 16 around eight minutes from the end. Marc finished in a very close fifth position, less than two and a half hundredths of a second off provisional pole-setter Danilo Petrucci.
“This morning the track conditions were not 100% after the yesterday’s rain, and even though they improved this afternoon, the grip wasn’t as good as when we came here for the test about two weeks ago. Anyway, we were able to do quite a lot of work, especially on the tyres, looking to understand which one adapts better to the track, and also on the suspension settings. Tomorrow we’ll keep working on the tyre choice and we’ll also concentrate to improve in the third sector, where we’re still missing something.”
“I’m quite happy with today. Just the small crash at the end was a bit of shame, but in general I felt good on the bike from the beginning, which is positive. We also started FP2 very well, but then we decided to try a few different things on the setup that didn’t work as expected. That aside, I’m feeling comfortable at this track and we’re working very well. Tomorrow we’ll work more on the tyre choice, focusing on the hard option in order to make a few comparisons with what we did today.”
Source: Honda Racing Corporation
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