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Near perfect weather welcomed Marc Marquez home to the Spanish GP, the Spaniard making big improvements to end Friday in second.
Starting the weekend with the same setting from Austin didn’t work well for Marc Marquez, ending Free Practice 1 in fifth and half a second off the pace. He and his team drew on their knowledge and turned their weekend around in Free Practice 2, Marquez able to improve his lap time by almost a full second. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough to best Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who was able to go 0.345s faster than the Repsol Honda Team man. What is perhaps most impressive about Marquez’s times in Free Practice 2 is that they all came from the same set of tyres, not needing to fit a new set for a fast lap. Marquez is not worrying about the gap and is focusing on continuing his work to make further improvements on Saturday ahead of Qualifying as he still doesn't feel entirely comfortable on the RC213V.
Historically Jerez has treated Marquez well in both Qualifying and the race. The young Spaniard has never started off the front row in the premier class at the Spanish track and has only ever finished inside the top two on race day. Jerez has seen a number of great battles throughout hsitory, including one between Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez. In 2013 the pair fought till the end for the podium, Marquez diving up the inside of Lorenzo at Turn 13 to steal second place. Both of Marquez's wins in 2016 have seen him clear off at the front, his only race long battle coming in Qatar.
Marc Marquez: “I’m happy with how this first day went overall. In the first practice session we discovered that the base setup we had in place from other circuits wasn’t working completely well for us here, but we were able to react in FP2. We’ve improved a lot, but we have to keep working because I still don’t feel entirely comfortable. The important thing is that we’re not far off Jorge [Lorenzo], who is going fastest at the moment. Valentino [Rossi] has also been very consistent, but I’m happy with how the team have been working and how they reacted to issues, so we’ll see if we can take another step forward tomorrow.”
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