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Marquez and Pedrosa on bumpy track surface

Marquez and Pedrosa on bumpy track surface

In the aftermath of Friday’s opening practice sessions for the Hertz British Grand Prix, a hot topic soon to emerge amongst riders was that of a particular bumpy track surface at Silverstone – a view shared by the Repsol Honda Team riders.

Marc Marquez began the day on top but would drop to second place - two tenths of a second down on Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo - by the time the afternoon chequered flag came out.

"It’s not so bad," championship leader Marquez began. "I felt quite good with the bike from the beginning, but in the afternoon I was struggling a little bit more. At the moment we are heading the right way and that makes me happy. (The track) has more bumps than last year but, you know, you need to manage that. I feel quite good."

Teammate Dani Pedrosa, who finished third and a further two tenths behind Marquez, was more outspoken when it came to the subject of the track surface.

"The track is really, really bumpy," acknowledged the 2012 championship runner-up. "I don’t know what happened to it but there are some really big bumps. Also, the track conditions were not really good; the temperature was perfect and the tyres were warm enough, but there was just a lot of spinning on the rear and no grip."

Pedrosa is yet to win the British Grand Prix since he triumphed at Donington Park in his debut MotoGP™ season of 2006, whereas Marquez never triumphed at Silverstone in Moto2™ but did win the 125 race when the championship first returned to the Northamptonshire venue in 2010.

MotoGP, 2013, HERTZ BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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