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MotoGP San Marino: Marquez eager to avoid Silverstone repeat

'Today we tested all the tyres, all the possibilities, because we don't want to repeat the same mistake as Silverstone' - Marc Marquez.
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez devoted a large chunk of free practice on Friday to working through Michelin's tyre options at Misano.

The MotoGP World Championship leader felt he made an error by fitting the softer front tyre at Silverstone last weekend in contrast to his chief rivals, who opted for the harder compound.

Marquez slid off at turn 10 in FP1 but the 23-year-old finished fourth fastest in the morning before ending the day fifth overall after lapping the Marco Simoncelli Circuit in 1m 33.196s in FP2, which left him four tenths adrift of surprise pacesetter Pol Espargaro.

“Since I went off in the first lap I felt something different with the front and the main difference was the front tyre. I didn't know what was the real limit, so I crashed. I tried to save with my elbow but it was not possible,” Marquez said.

“Today we tested all the tyres, all the possibilities, because we don't want to repeat the same mistake as Silverstone. With the front options, it looks like the hard is a little bit more stable, but less feedback. Then with the medium one, more feedback, but more movement so I need to decide about these two tyres. It looks like the soft can be an option for the rear.

“I'm happy with how the day went overall. I think we worked pretty well,” he added. “Honestly we've suffered less than we had initially expected; in fact, I was able to be among the fastest riders and I think that if we continue to work well we can have a good weekend.”

Marquez holds a lead of 50 points over Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi, who closed the gap slightly by three points at Silverstone, taking advantage of a mistake by Marquez in the final stages of the race to claim the final spot on the rostrum.





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Garcia

September 09, 2016 7:00 PM

He seems happy enough, l thought he had some trouble but maybe he was just testing tyres. l'm guessing he'll go with the medium front.. On Monday Honda are having a private test here and testing the 2017 engine, but l dont expect they'll give much information about it.. lt's not the definitive engine but a 'direction'. l dont know if Cal will test too, l imagine they probably will have only two engines so only enough for the repsol guys, but l dont know for sure.

ccringle

September 10, 2016 12:12 AM
Last Edited 44 days ago

I'm still not convinced he actually made the wrong tyre choice at Silverstone. It was just one of those days where others found form. It was not an especially warm day. It was overcast. A soft front seemed a reasonable choice for the conditions. He had been doing a Wayne Rainey, looking after his tyres for most of the race - then attacked. He maybe tried a little too hard in his attack in the last few laps left of the race, going from Rainey to Schwantz mode - something which he could certainly afford to do, given his points gap, and cautious (wiser) approach this season in general. Nothing to stress too much over. All part of racing.



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