Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa finished second and third respectively in the combined times.
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have had a promising first day in Misano, finishing second and third respectively in the combined times. With temperatures considerably lower compared to when they were testing here in July, the track was pretty slippery this morning but gradually improved as more rubber was laid down throughout the day.
Marc was fastest in the morning session (1’33.328) and was able to improve by four tenths in the afternoon with his lap of 1’32.924 (lap 14/20) placing him 2nd. Teammate Dani improved his time from FP1 (1’33.930) by six tenths with his lap of 1’33.258 (lap 20/20) finishing 3rd.
FP3 will commence tomorrow at 09h55 local time.
Marc Marquez (2nd 1'32.924): "I think it has been a very positive day. The track has changed quite a lot from when we came here for the test, because it has much less grip and we have had some problems arise that we didn't have back then. We can be happy, because we obtained a lot of data today and we tried a new swingarm which has helped Honda to understand the direction to take next year. We will not use it because there are some negatives, but there were also some positives to take from it."
Dani Pedrosa (3rd 1'33.258): "This first day at the track was not as good as the test we did here. It was a lot dirtier, we had less grip and it was more difficult to find a good feeling with the bike, which is a surprise as I expected with the lower temperatures than the test, the grip would be better. Today we worked well and pushed hard but tomorrow we need to continue working and focus on improving further."
Repsol Honda Team