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Marquez: "Leg feels much better than it did in Qatar"

Marquez: "Leg feels much better than it did in Qatar"

The 2013 race winner and Friday’s fastest rider again at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, World Champion Marc Marquez was in a confident mood after ‘a good day at the office’ in Texas.

Marquez was victorious for the first time in the premier class in Austin last year and picked up from where he left off in free practice - topping the opening two sessions of the weekend at the Texan track.

After completing 15 laps in the first session, Marquez was the only rider able to go round in under 2’05. His best time was a 2’04.704, putting him 0.887s ahead of Aleix Espargaro and 0.972s up on teammate Dani Pedrosa.

In the second session, Marquez improved by more than a second and, after another 16 laps, ended the day with a quickest time of 2’03.490. He was over a second faster than second-placed Andrea Dovizioso.

“This first day of practice in Austin went really well,” sated Marquez. “Obviously I’m happy with the time I set, and also with the gap of a second between myself and the next quickest rider. However, the most important thing for me is that my leg feels ok – much better than it did in Qatar.”

He continued, “The injury was bothering me a little, but I was able to participate in both free practice sessions without taking any painkillers. Now I just have to wait for tomorrow and see if things go better or worse for us then; we know that we have a small advantage and we will try to manage it well, but I am aware that the rest of the riders will also make improvements."

His colleague Pedrosa finished the day with a good feeling, third on the timesheets.

Pedrosa commented, “Today we did a good job with the tyres. We tried the hard compound and it went fairly well for us. Although we didn’t go very fast, we have a good feeling and I think that with a few tweaks to the setup we can take a big step forward and improve considerably tomorrow. Today was a positive day for us.”

MotoGP, 2014, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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