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Top five wet pace for Repsol Honda pair

Top five wet pace for Repsol Honda pair

Despite constant rain on Friday, both Repsol Honda riders were in the top five at the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, as Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa adjusted to the conditions.

Marquez started his weekend in second in the opening practice session, Yonny Hernandez (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing) put in a stellar lap of 1’50.310s to top FP1.

Marquez was 1.693s behind the Columbian, but ahead of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP pair Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. Repsol Honda teammate Pedrosa was down in tenth spot.

The rain remained for Free Practice 2 and saw many riders fall, fortunately the Repsol Honda duo stayed upright and finished second and third in the session. It was Pedrosa who led the way, 1.161s down on Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), who set the fastest lap of the day.

Marquez was not far behind his compatriot, lapping at 1’50.519s, just 0.163s slower than Pedrosa’s best time. Pedrosa sits third on combined times with Marquez in fourth, the two riders comfortably within the 1’50s.

“It was very slippery today, not easy to find the grip. There were a lot of crashes because it was so slippery. I noticed a big difference between the hard and soft Bridgestone rain tyres. I’m hoping that the weekend gets a lot dryer,” said Pedrosa

Marquez explained, “Today was a strange day, as it looks like the rest of the weekend will be totally different; there is a chance of some rain tomorrow afternoon, but the race is forecast to be dry on Sunday. So today was a day for doing our homework and only staying out for as long as strictly necessary, because it was very risky and you have to avoid these kinds of situations, at least in my case. I felt good putting in only five or six laps in each run, and as I felt confident I decided not to do much more than that.”

MotoGP, 2014, GP TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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