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Marquez: “Jorge is riding at a high level”

Marquez: “Jorge is riding at a high level”

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez admits there is room for improvement after ending Friday’s practice in fifth overall, 0.884s behind Lorenzo.

Marquez arrived in Aragon trailing Valentino Rossi by 63 points in the championship standings. The reigning MotoGP™ World Champion knows that while his chances of retaining the title are extremely slim, he could still play a key role in where it ends up.

With that in mind Marquez impressed in FP1 to finish in second, just 0.490s off the pace of Jorge Lorenzo. In FP2 the fact that Aragon is an official test track for the Movistar Yamaha team seemed to pay off, as Lorenzo and Rossi topped the timesheets and Marquez found himself in fifth overall. Marquez will not be too disappointed though as he spent the whole of FP2 on the hard rear tyre compound in comparison to the Yamaha’s who set their fastest times on the medium. Marquez ended Friday 0.884s off the pace of Lorenzo but only four-tenths behind his teammate Dani Pedrosa (4th).

Marc Marquez: “Today was a day in which we tried a lot of things out; with both the front and the rear, we ran hard and medium tyres in order to have a better understanding of their performance for Sunday. We also worked on the setup of the bike, which is an area where we still have room for improvement. We must also take into account that Jorge is riding at a high level; he rode two great sessions today and is a small step ahead of us. Dani is also riding with a very strong pace. Let's see if tomorrow we can continue to improve and get up to the same level as Jorge."

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, FP2, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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