Marc Marquez was pleased to end the first day of free practice within three hundredths of a second of Jorge Lorenzo's fastest time, stating his current on-bike feeling is similar to that of a year ago.

Victorious here in 2014 after a stunning race long battle with the Majorcan, Marquez went on to say a re-run of their battle on Sunday is entirely possible based on Friday's evidence.

The two riders that have finished first and second at the past two races were a cut above the rest of the field on Friday morning as Marquez ended FP1 a full eight tenths of a second clear of Valentino Rossi in third.

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While the four-time world champion expects Dani Pedrosa and Rossi to finish closer come Saturday afternoon, Marquez is predicting an 'interesting race' with Lorenzo currently the 'strongest' of his rivals.

"We will see but at the moment looks like it will be like this," said the 22-year old. "We will see tomorrow how he can improve his pace and of course we will try to improve our pace. But yeah, looks like at the moment me and Jorge are one step in front.

"But we cannot forget Dani who is not so bad. He is close too. And then of course Valentino, he will come back and he will be there. At the moment he is a little bit far but I think on Sunday it will be an interesting race. But yeah, at the moment it looks like Jorge will be the strongest one."

Like Lorenzo, Marquez didn't change his rear tyre late on in FP2 but still sat second at the close of the day and was pleased with his rhythm through the afternoon.

"Here at the moment the feeling is really similar to last year," said Marquez. "At the moment we have the same problems and also we have the same feeling like last year and we are trying to improve especially the exit of the corner which at the moment is where we are struggling more.

"But I feel well because the rhythm is not so bad and that was maybe my weak point or our weak point in Brno. That when the tyre dropped I was struggling a lot and here looks like when the tyre drops I'm able to keep better the rhythm."

Speaking of the problems on corner exit, Marquez continued that Silverstone's numerous bumps were unsettling his machine, with turns eight and 14 throwing up particular issues.

"Grip and bumpy. It's like the bike is moving a lot with the bumps and we are working to try to absorb the bumps better. On Turn 8 [it] is really bumpy, the entry of the corner. Then Turn 14, the brake point is also really bumpy. But ok, I expect worse. It's bumpy also the first section on the chicanes, but it's not so bad."