Even though he started the most important weekend of his career with the best time of Friday practice at the GP Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, Marc Marquez wants to improve his pace on Saturday.
Marquez topped the timesheets in both free practice sessions to gain a psychological advantage over title rival and World Champion Jorge Lorenzo at Valencia.
The championship leader, winner in Valencia last year in Moto2, had a good start to the day - finishing first in FP1 with just 0.024 separating the top three riders - Marquez 1'31.557 (lap 20 of 21), Lorenzo 1'31.575 (lap 12 of 19) and Pedrosa 1'31.581 (lap 10 of 18) - with all three lapping under the Circuit Record Lap set by Casey Stoner in 2008 (1'32.582).
In the afternoon’s FP2 session, times improved on the new asphalt and both Repsol Honda riders bettered their morning times, using the hard rear tyre. Marquez recorded the fastest lap of 1'31.220 towards the end of the outing.
"We have a new surface but there wasn’t much grip," said title candidate Marquez after FP2. "The track is nice, without many bumps but without much even, even so my feeling with the bike was quite good. We still need to make some improvements as I’m not 100% happy, but we’re going in the right way."
Marquez knows that a podium finish, or even coming home fourth on Sunday, would make him the youngest premier class champion of all time.
He added, "It was good to start the most important week of the season and with a good feeling. We still need to improve our setup but we were fastest today - which is the key thing ahead of Sunday's race. Tomorrow we will continue in the same way but try to improve and take another step forward because I am sure that the rest of the riders will do so.”