Marc Marquez is quickly becoming the main man to beat in only his first year in the MotoGP class and the Spaniard leads the way on day one at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli with the Repsol Honda rider finishing ahead of his teammate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi getting up to speed early this weekend and ending day one in third in what is effectively his home race.
I am happy with how things went today, and how we worked.
Alvaro Bautista finished his first day with the Go&Fun Honda Gresini rider setting a best time of 1m 34.858s while Ignite Pramac Racing substitute rider Michele Pirro set the 7th best lap time of 1m 34.889s while Andrea Dovizioso finished in 8th today for the Ducati Team (1m 34.901s) with Stefan Bradl in 9th on the LCR Honda with his best lap of 1m 35.107s good enough to stay ahead of Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) who could improve on his best of 1m 35.208s.
Barbera’s best time of 1m 36.253s was enough to stay ahead of Randy De Puniet on the Power Electronics Aspar machine (1m 36.283s) and Hiroshi Aoyama in 19th for the Avintia Blusens team with a best lap of 1m 36.646s. Karel Abraham ended day one in 20th on the Cardion AB Motoracing entry and the Czech Republic rider suffered a small crash in the afternoon session. Finishing in 21st today was Michael Laverty on the Paul Bird Motorsport machine with a best lap of 1m 37.334s while Yonny Hernandez set the 22nd best lap of 1m 37.368s. Bryan Staring ended day one in 23rd for the Go&Fun Honda Gresini team (1m 37.722s) and Lukas Pesek in 24th for the Came IodaRacing team with a best time of 1m 38.962s.
Speaking afterwards Marquez revealed he was happy with his progress saying, “I am happy with how things went today, and how we worked. I felt pretty good from the start and found some good reference points; there's only a few places, like on the fast corner, where I still need to make some improvements in order to go faster. I'm running slightly wide onto the astroturf at that point. I hope that we can rectify this tomorrow, keep working well and get in even better shape for the race.”
Pedrosa is aiming to improve his feeling in the rear and revealed the low levels of grip on the Misano track didn’t help proceedings. He said, “In general, today we managed to have two good practice sessions. The only problem is that we are lacking some grip in the rear. It was hard to find the necessary traction during the sessions and we hope to be able to improve this tomorrow. The track condition didn't help us today either, as the asphalt wasn't very grippy. Despite all this, tomorrow we will be looking for a good qualifying session - which is the important thing.”