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Tricky first day for Repsol Honda pair

Tricky first day for Repsol Honda pair

As the GP Monster Energy de Catalunya got underway Repsol Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa worked hard to find the best setting for their RC213V machines.

The Friday morning session, with an ambient temperature of 31°C and track temperature of 44°C, saw Pedrosa finish sixth with his lap of 1’42.664 and World Championship leader Marquez only able to manage seventh with a 1’42.742s.

FP2 saw temperatures rise to 55°C on track and Marquez was able to improve by half a second using the hard option front and rear tyres, finishing third in the session and fourth for the day with a 1’42.274.

Pedrosa was not able to better his morning time which he recorded on soft option front and rear tyres. He finished tenth for the session (1’43.078) and ninth for the day in the combined times.

Marquez commented, "Despite not being at the top today, I am happy with how this first day of practice went and I've made good progress. In the first session I found things a little difficult, but in the second session we improved and this has led to us having a clear direction to go in on Saturday."

An optimistic Pedrosa added, "The good news is that I was able to ride better today than in Mugello. I hope that with a few more laps under my belt I will loosen up even more, and things will go even better. This afternoon we tried out the larger brake discs, which react better and mean that you need to use the brake lever a little differently with your fingers, which is something I am getting used to. We also worked with the hard tyre compound on the front and the rear, and I was able to use them for the entire afternoon session."

MotoGP, 2014, GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYA, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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