Marquez and Pedrosa begin working on setup in mixed conditions at Mugello
Action at Mugello was affected by mixed weather conditions.
Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa recorded the fifth and 11th best lap times on the opening day of the Italian GP, where action was affected by mixed weather conditions, more-or-less halving the track time available.
Cold temperatures and a damp surface limited Dani and Marc to just a couple of laps in FP1, the first at the beginning of the session on full wet tyres, the latter toward the end and, for the first time, on Michelin’s intermediate tyres.
The afternoon FP2 session saw some improvements in both weather and track conditions, allowing the Repsol Honda duo to start working on their bikes’ setup. Focused on making the most of the session, neither Marc nor Dani fit new tyres at the end of the session to set their fastest lap and wrapped up the day just over one tenth and five tenths off the second-best time, respectively.
The weather forecast seems better for tomorrow’s third free practice session, which is scheduled for 9:55 a.m. local time.
Marc Marquez - 5th 1'48.290
“I'm happy with how practice went today overall, despite having finished fifth because my feeling was pretty good. I think there is room for improvement, but I guess that’s the same for all the riders, because I expected to be a little further off and the difference turned out not to have been much. We will continue with the same dynamic, because we know that this is a difficult track and that the conditions will improve. We'll see how it goes tomorrow, as today was a special day because of the wet track in FP1. However, the times in the second session were good. Let's see if we can gradually become more consistent, because the feeling at the moment is pretty good”.
Dani Pedrosa - 11th 1'48.713
“We have not started too badly here at Mugello but honestly nothing special. The behaviour of the bike is more or less the same as at other circuits. The tyres have not worked badly at all, the grip was good enough and we have set decent times but we are still suffering on the corners and on the straights. At the moment our strength here is on corner entry while we’re still not quick enough in the middle and on corner exit. We cannot keep the best line so we will have to try and work to improve in that area. We have to find a good compromise for this beautiful and very physically and demanding circuit”.
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