Marc Marquez provided the perfect response to his Assen defeat by leading both Friday practice sessions at the German MotoGP.

But the reigning double MotoGP champion, now 74 points from Valentino Rossi after an unsuccessful last corner attack in Holland, finished the day just 0.119s clear of Tech 3's Bradley Smith as 0.575s covered the top nine riders.

"I'm happy because from the beginning I was fast and that is important," said Marquez, quickest not only over a single lap but also in terms of race pace. "It was a long time ago that I feel like this on the Friday. In Assen I had that feeling with the bike but only on day two and three, but today from the beginning I feel good and this is important.

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"We must know tomorrow the others will improve. We must know there are still some things I'm not happy, that we must improve. Happy because also we make a long run of twelve or 13 laps and I was consistent so we must check the second part of the race that is the most important."

Marquez has been undefeated in Germany for the past five seasons, across three grand prix classes. This weekend is his second event back on the 2014 Honda chassis.

"Here I feel more or less like in Assen. I'm able to stop better the bike and I'm able to be more constant. The bike is less critical on the front. Then I'm able to be more constant. If I do some mistakes I can keep the line and this is important.

"I'm a rider that even if I don't feel the bike like I want I'm able to be fast. Ok. I'm able to be fast but with a lot of risk. This is what happened in the other races. I was able to be fast but I didn't feel the bike and I take a lot of risk.

"Now I start to have this confidence. Of course I take a risk because if you want to be fast you must take a risk. Still we must work hard because there are still some points that I don't feel like in 2014, but we are closer to that feeling.

"If you want to be a good rider you must understand the difficult moments and come back stronger. Lorenzo did that in the past. Also Valentino. Also Casey."

Marquez was the first to try the asymmetric front tyre being made available for the first time in 2015, fitting it at the end of FP1 and then running the dual-compound rubber throughout the afternoon.

"The feeling with the asymmetric front was good. Already from this morning I tried in the low temperature. Okay, in the low temperature it was a little bit on the limit but was good," Marquez said.

"Then this afternoon I kept it. I did a longer run, half race, and I felt it was not really consistent but we must work and understand well this new tyre."

Fifth fastest team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who confessed on Thursday that he isn't a fan of the varying feel from the asymmetric front, did not try the new tyre on his way to fifth position.

"It was a good first day and we tried some different bike setups and tyres in the practice sessions, but not the asymmetric front - perhaps we will try this tomorrow, we will have to wait and see. We have to make a step with the bike ahead of tomorrow as there are a few points of the circuit where we need to improve corner entry in particular, this will be the key to lowering our times our times."

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SmoothCriminal: It's amazing how this guy manages to stay on top despite all the struggles of the RCV.... would've been another dominant year for Honda if not for the aggressive Engine.[\blockquote]

lol CS said the engine is smooth!! and hrc said its not the engine. and after mm got back in time to get the OLD 2014 chassis hes faster.....so would it be the engine or the chassis?!?!

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