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Pedrosa and Marquez outside top three after second practice

Pedrosa and Marquez outside top three after second practice

The Motul Grand Prix of Japan got underway on Friday, with Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez going into the weekend knowing he has his first opportunity to clinch the 2014 title.

With limited track time due to track conditions in 2013, neither Marquez nor teammate Dani Pedrosa wasted any time taking to the track on Friday morning to rediscover their feeling at the circuit.

Marquez had a small crash after running on in turn five early in FP1, but he finished the session second with Pedrosa eighth.

In the afternoon, Pedrosa found a good rhythm and was able to test both option rear Bridgestone tyres - but is still looking for the best setup on braking points.

Marquez also tested both rear tyres and worked on his overall setup after losing valuable time from the crash in FP1. Both riders recorded their fastest time on their final laps of FP2, Pedrosa finishing fourth in the combined times with a 1’45.727 and Marquez in sixth with his lap of 1’45.939.

Pedrosa commented, “I think we had a good day of free practices. The track conditions were good and we were able to try out different tyres. In the afternoon we tried riding with the hard rear tyre, but we didn't use the hard front like others did. We will probably try that out tomorrow. Today we did some runs with a good pace, but we have to work harder to improve our lap times and be very focused on setting a good time in qualifying.”

Marquez added, “Today we struggled a bit compared to other circuits. We have not quite found the right setup yet, but thankfully it’s still only Friday and we have many practice sessions ahead and things to try out. The important thing is that I felt pretty good and, despite not being totally happy with the setup of the bike, we are not so far from the top. Let's see if we can continue in this way, improving over the course of the weekend.”

MotoGP, 2014, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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