Marc Marquez admitted there were limited conclusions to draw from the first day of MotoGP free practice at Aragon, which saw both premier class sessions take place in mixed conditions.

24-year old Marquez also went on to explain one of the reasons behind his surge up the championship table since a disastrous outing at the French Grand Prix; namely the change in Michelin’s front tyre casing at Mugello, and the gradual adaption of his set-up to suit its character.

The current championship leader's recent run of sensational form showed no signs of abating on Friday morning, when he was close to half a second faster than the field. He was no less competitive in FP2, as Marquez led the majority of the afternoon session, before a series of late improvements pushed him down the order to fourth.

And while the Catalan was appreciative of the chance to ride around the Motorland Aragon venue - his favourite track no less -, he stopped short of drawing any meaningful conclusions from the day’s final time sheets.

“Today honestly, yeah of course was important to ride, to get the feeling with the bike, but difficult to take conclusions or information because it looks like tomorrow and Sunday will be dry,” he said.

“So it was a day to get the feeling but also minimise the risk level. We ride the bike, just try to get the feeling and don't push to the limit because in the end it looks like tomorrow will be dry.”

Could the fact Marquez rates this circuit among his very favourites – not to mention his previous track record, of winning two of his four MotoGP races here – count in his favour with limited track time on offer before qualifying on Saturday?

“Tomorrow I will tell you,” he joked. “Maybe tomorrow we struggle in the dry. But of course at this circuit normally I felt good in the past. I hope tomorrow is the same, in the dry conditions, but today in the wet since the beginning I felt good. Easy to ride, good confidence.

“So I hope to feel the same tomorrow in the dry but it will be very difficult day, because FP3 will be like qualifying, but at the same time you need to set-up the bike and test the tyres. So it will be a really busy day, but important to prepare for Sunday's race.”

Moving on from Friday’s action, Marquez was pressed on how the introduction of Michelin’s stiffer front tyre casing from Mugello influenced his season.

“Since we change the tyre, the casing, looks like first of all was less crashes during the weekend for all MotoGP riders,” said Marquez. “And of course looks like Ducati did a step. Also we did a step, but we take a little bit more time to understand well. Because when we tried that casing, still we were riding with the same set-up as the first part of the season.

“Then we started to change, or adapt, during the summer break at the Brno test. Since then we understand a little more and now looks like the situation for us is more clear. Now we arrive at a track and it depends on the corners, depends on the layout. We start to know quicker which will be the quicker.”

Did those changes come from geometry? Marquez was tight-lipped. “Bike balance,” he said. “It's more the bike balance. More than the suspension or geometry. I mean I'm a rider that if the change one spring I don't feel on the bike. I need a big change.”


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