Pedrosa still in pain as Marquez leads

Pedrosa still in pain as Marquez leads
Friday, 16 August 2013

Marc Marquez topped both practice sessions on Friday ahead of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. In the afternoon, he led a Repsol Honda Team one-two from Dani Pedrosa, who is still feeling the effects of his Sachsenring crash.

Marquez holds a strong record at Indianapolis, having triumphed in both of the Moto2™ races he contested at the venue in 2011 and 2012. He has also won both of the American MotoGP™ events to have been staged so far this year, in Texas and California.

"I feel so good with the bike, which is important after the summer break," reported the championship leader. "From this morning to this afternoon the track conditions changed quite a lot. The setup also changed, which means we need to pay attention for FP3 and then in qualifying. The track should be better by then, so we will see."

When asked if he had managed to try all tyre compounds, Marquez replied:

"At the moment, I have only used the soft rear. On the front I tried both tyres, but they are quite similar. Anyway, tomorrow is still to come and we will see, because it is a little bit cloudy and it is quite difficult to choose between the tyres."

Pedrosa won at Indianapolis in both 2010 and 2012, but – having broken his left collarbone in Germany a month ago – is still suffering some discomfort.

"Today I had my first laps for three weeks," Pedrosa began. "Obviously it was less painful but I was a little stiff on the bike and wasn’t really moving quickly through the chicanes, or to control wheelies and so on. After today I will have to see how I am feeling tomorrow morning, but I guess my muscles will be a little looser tomorrow."

Heading into this weekend’s race, rookie Marquez leads the Riders’ Championship with 163 points to his name. Pedrosa is his teammate's closest challenger, 16 points in arrears.

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