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Marquez: “Today was demanding”

Marquez: “Today was demanding”

Marc Marquez finished Friday’s practice in Le Mans third overall on the timesheets, but admits that it was not easy.

The current MotoGP™ championship leader spent the day working on bike setup trying to improve the RC213V issues with acceleration out of slow corners. The Spaniard finished third in FP1, three-tenths of a second behind his teammate Dani Pedrosa who topped the session.

Marquez improved in the afternoon by over a second, but could only manage third on the combined timesheets as he was forced to watch Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) set a blistering pace in FP2. His time of 1’34.323 set right at the end of the day was good enough to secure third overall, but was almost half a second off the pace off Lorenzo’s pace.

Marc Marquez: “Today was demanding. We knew this circuit would cause us to struggle a bit, but we’re overcoming things fairly well. I have a good pace and I’m feeling good, although we’re losing some time on both of this circuit’s hard acceleration points; it’s something that’s difficult to recover from afterwards. We’re working on this aspect and we’ll see if we can take another step forward tomorrow, both with the electronics and with the setup of the bike. It will also be important to make a good decision about which tyres we’ll use on Sunday, although it seems that both of the compounds we have available are pretty good.”

MotoGP, 2016, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Interviews

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