Honda: Battle intensifies in Indianapolis at the Red Bull GP

This afternoon, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez was involved in a final exit time trial against Jorge Lorenzo...

It’s been a positive first day for the Repsol Honda Team in Indianapolis with the track steadily improving throughout the day as more rubber was laid down, cleaning the circuit and increasing the grip.

This afternoon, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez was involved in a final exit time trial against Jorge Lorenzo, with the riders recording identical times. Then in the final minutes, Lorenzo was able to squeeze in one extra fast lap, to pip Marc to the post by just 0.003 seconds. Marc finished the day in second position in the combined times with his lap of 1’32.863 (lap 16/19). Teammate Dani Pedrosa also had a positive first day, finishing seventh in the combined times with his time of 1’33.377 (lap 18/10). It’s an incredibly close field in Indianapolis with just 0.377 seconds separating third position to tenth.

FP3 will commence tomorrow morning at 09h55 local time.

Marc Marquez (2nd 1'32.863): "It was the first day back after the break and I think it went pretty well overall. I felt comfortable on the bike and that is the most important thing. The track is gaining grip but we must continue working in the same way in order to continue improving. Currently Jorge is the rider that seems to be strongest, but tomorrow we will try to get a little closer to him."

Dani Pedrosa (7th 1'33.377): "Today we tried the softer tyres in the morning and in the afternoon the harder compound. The track conditions were a little difficult, although they improved as the laps went by. In the afternoon it was quite hot and the tyres stepped out a lot. I’m sure we will have better grip in FP3 and we will go faster. Tomorrow we will try to improve the setup of the bike in the heat and set a good lap in qualifying."

Repsol Honda Team

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Series MotoGP
Event Indianapolis GP
Sub-event Friday practice
Track Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Drivers Dani Pedrosa , Marc Marquez
Teams Repsol Honda Team
Article type Practice report