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Marquez: ‘A big difference compared to last year’

Marquez: ‘A big difference compared to last year’

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez topped FP1 on Friday at Mugello with a 1'48.004, before temperamental weather conditions meant that he went unchallenged in FP2.

Marquez posted his fastest time on lap 17 of 19 in FP1, placing him in first position for the day. Teammate Dani Pedrosa recorded his fastest lap of 1’49.203, leaving him 11th.

FP2 then saw rain threaten for the entire session, as light spots sporadically fell resulting in only a few riders venturing out on track. Both Marquez and Pedrosa remained in the pits as the times were far off those of FP1.

Marquez commented, "I began with a few questions on my mind after last year - when this track was one of those that I found most difficult - and I saw that things have changed completely after a year of experience. I felt very comfortable on the bike, there was a big difference compared to last year. I'm feeling much better about things and we hope to continue improving."

"The morning went well and the feeling was good, but in the afternoon we didn't go out as it was raining on-and-off and the surface was neither fit for dry riding nor wet tyres," he added.

Pedrosa said, "We were only able to complete a few laps in the morning, in which I didn't feel completely comfortable. Then we were not able to ride in the afternoon as conditions were mixed and we couldn't use the slick tyres, but we were also unable to use the wets due to the track not being wet enough. In any case, I can't wait to continue working tomorrow to recover the ground needed and begin to ride fast."

MotoGP, 2014, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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