29 August 2014
MotoGP Silverstone: Business as usual for Marquez
Marc Marquez topped the times as he returned to action in free practice for the British MotoGP following his first defeat this season last time out at Brno
It was business as usual for Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez as the world champion set the pace during free practice for the British MotoGP at Silverstone.
Marquez, defeated for the first time this season at Brno in the Czech Republic in the previous round, headed FP1 and FP2, setting a fastest overall lap in 2m 02.126s to take the top spot by more than half a second from LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl.
"Today I felt good from the beginning and I tried to concentrate, because I know it will be hard to try for the fastest lap, especially over the bumps; the track is really bumpy," said Marquez.
“We also tried to concentrate on choosing the right tyres to have some idea for the race because we know that maybe tomorrow we cannot test that, because the weather is very unstable.
“The wind was a problem, especially when you go out on the first laps, but when I pushed I felt it less. When I was aggressive I didn't feel it," he added.
“It's a surprise [the gap to second] because last year Jorge was very strong and also Dani in the race but this is only Friday and I know that this is a race track where it is difficult to find the best set-up and get a compromise over the bumps.
“It's a different track and it's bumpier but for everyone it's the same. In some corners, especially with all the change of directions, it was a little bit scary with the wind and the bumps - it was a little bit crazy!"
Reflecting on the Brno test and the problems he experienced in the race, Marquez refused to pinpoint one specific issue as the reason why he was unable to challenge for the podium.
"We didn't find the best set-up and maybe the track [Brno] isn't the best for my riding style plus, for some reason, on that day the rear tyre spun a lot," he said.
“It was strange because I was competitive on the Saturday but in the race I struggled a lot. Then, on Monday morning, I went out with the same set-up and I was competitive again. I don't want to say that it was only one thing, it was everything together.
“I tested the new bike with the current bike [at Brno]. I didn't test many, many things. We always try some things but we are on the same base [setting] here."
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