Repsol Honda begin action at Sachsenring with mixed results2018-07-13 10:40
Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa put in their first laps on the opening day of the German GP with mixed results.
The Championship leader showed a very consistent pace in both free-practice sessions, focusing on the race setup of his RC213V. Marc finished fifth in the combined classification after a lengthy stint at the top of the FP2 session.
Dani, on the other hand, was unable to sort out some issues he had with his bike’s suspension setting and ended the day only 20th, but he looks forward to improving tomorrow at a track that he likes very much.
“It was a good first day, even if our opponents are all closer compared to last year. The weekend will be completely dry, so things on Sunday should once again be very tight. Anyway, we started very well and were able to keep a good pace on both the soft tyre in the morning and the harder one in the afternoon, which is positive. Tomorrow we’ll try and take another little step with the setup, because I’m not yet able to make the bike slide like I want. I want to find a way to do that, as it’s important at this track. The grip isn’t the best and tyre consumption seems quite high, so we’ll have to try and manage that aspect well.”
“Today the lap times were very fast from the start, but I didn’t have the right feeling to stay there with the others. I struggled with the fork setting and wasn't able to be quick enough in the corners. We didn't manage to take a step during the two sessions, so we’ll have to try something different with the setup tomorrow.”
Free Practice 2 Combined Free Practice Times
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team 1'20.885
Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing 0.257
Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar 0.319
Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 0.424
Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 0.464
Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 0.499
Source: Honda Racing Corporation
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