Complicated Friday opens the Repsol Honda Team’s German GP

2023-07-24 12:47
Several big moments and a crash in the closing stages of the afternoon left Marc Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team outside the top ten and working for improvements.

Marc Marquez continued his historic Sachsenring form into day one of the German GP as he immediately started the day challenging for the top of the time sheets. Several moments during the first practice did little to upset Marquez’s speed as he ended the session in second place with a 1’20.854 – 0.152s behind Zarco.

A consistent downpour during the middle of the day made for a slower start to the afternoon session, which suffered constant interruptions due to yellow and red flags from various falls. Unfortunately, Marc Marquez would be amongst those who fell, the Repsol Honda Team losing the front on a flying lap into Turn One. This led to an unavoidable collision with Johann Zarco who was exiting pitlane. Fortunately, both riders walked away from the incident without any serious injury. Marquez finished Friday in 14th place with a best time of 1’20.854.

Saturday will see the MotoGP field battle it out for pole position, starting at 10:50 with Q1 where Marquez will fight for one of the two transfer spots.

Marc Marquez
14th 1’20.854

“We have had a difficult Friday, even if it started in a good way, but we reached our limit quite soon and we need to keep working on the setup and the bike. Unfortunately, I crashed and Zarco was leaving pitlane. It was very lucky that we both escaped, I went to see Johann after to make sure he was okay. I crashed like many riders in Turn 1, I was pushing for a hot lap, and if there was anyone who could avoid the situation it was Zarco. If it’s my mistake, I always accept it. A complicated day here, tomorrow we keep trying to improve the feeling.”

Marc Marquez

Friday Practice - German Grand Prix
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team 1'20.271
2 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing 0.040
3 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing 0.081
4 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team 0.100
5 Miller Jack 43 AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 0.149
6 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 0.352
7 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team 0.368
8 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team 0.386
9 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP 0.400

Source: Honda Racing Corporation

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