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Positive feelings for homecoming champion Marquez

Positive feelings for homecoming champion Marquez

MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez led the field on Friday at the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, whilst his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was fifth overall.

Fresh from his win in Sepang, Marquez returned home to Spain relaxed and ready to push hard in front of his home fans. The weekend started well for the Honda rider, leading in FP1 with a 1’31.296s, the best time from the opening day of practice. FP2 saw him set a 1’31.454s, also placing him top of the session.

Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) followed Marquez on combined times, just 0.193s behind his rival.

Pedrosa completed FP1 in fourth and dropped to sixth in FP2, however his best time of 1’31.647s was still good enough for fifth overall. The Repsol Honda stalwart is looking to bounce back from a double DNF in Australia and Malaysia.

Marquez reflected on a positive first day, “The best thing was how I felt on the bike. Finishing fastest is a reference, but the most important thing is that the pace was good, and we have been improving and testing things out. This afternoon the track was a little slower, but we hope to continue improving tomorrow. I'm sure that there will be a nice fight for pole between myself, Jorge, Dani and Valentino.”

Pedrosa added, “Today will did a lot of tyre testing, above all with the front. We tried out three different types of front tyre and rode with the soft rear in the two practice sessions. I think that overall the state of the track allowed us to ride fast, although in the afternoon it felt harder to improve our times because of the wind. We have to work to improve our setup and make a good tyre choice for the race, because the times are tight for both the factory bikes and non-factory bikes.”

MotoGP, 2014, GP GENERALI DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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