Tough first day in Germany for Marquez and Pedrosa

Tough first day in Germany for Marquez and Pedrosa
Friday, 11 July 2014

The Repsol Honda Team endured a tough start to the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at Sachsenring, with both Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa crashing.

The Marquez crash came in FP1 on his fifth lap at turn two, where the reigning World Champion and current championship leader made a small mistake and engaged third gear causing a vicious high side where he landed heavily on the side of his head and left him with a painful neck.

He was able to go back out on track and record a fastest time of 1’22.767 (lap 11 of 17) finishing sixth for the session. Pedrosa also had a slower start in FP1 and his fastest lap of 1’22.848 (lap 21 of 22) placed him eighth.

After receiving treatment to his neck, Marquez was able to improve his time by six tenths with a fastest time of 1’22.158 (lap 6 of 20) in FP2 putting him second fastest for the day.

Giving a typically positive assessment Marquez said, “The day went very well, because even though I crashed I was fortunate not to get injured, but the impact was hard. The crash was a little strange, but when we looked at the telemetry later on we understood why it happened. It's a long left turn in second gear on the throttle the whole time, and I accidentally touched the gear shift lever with the toe of my boot. This engaged another gear and as I was leant so far over - and had the gas open - the rear wheel slid out and I was thrown off.”

“The afternoon session was really good and I felt comfortable on the bike again. l was able to put in a good lap, but most importantly I kept up a strong pace”

Pedrosa also improved from the morning session with a fastest lap of 1’22.589 (lap 3 of 18) placing him ninth, but he had a heavy crash on lap five at turn 12. He went back out on track but was not able to better his earlier time and finished 10th fastest in the combined times.

Pedrosa commented, “We were fortunate to have two dry sessions to test out the track today, it went pretty well and I had a good feeling, but I also suffered a crash. During the two practices I had problems with the brakes, and it was precisely at a braking point that I pushed too hard and crashed. However, I was able to go out again with another bike and continue riding through to the end of the afternoon session.”

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