The MotoGP rookie started the day with the fifth fastest time, just over half a second off the top spot. Márquez felt comfortable on the wet track and was able to complete a good first Free Practice. In the afternoon the track dried up, and the Repsol Honda Team rider finished the day 16th, with a best time of 1:33.570.
Stefan Bradl also made improvements on Friday. The German ended the first session with the third fastest time. In the afternoon, in dry conditions, he placed fourteenth. Bradl set a best lap of 1:33.504, less than a second off the pace.
Tomorrow's qualifying sessions are expected to be held in rainy conditions.
European GP 2020 - Rider statements
““Another day of learning MotoGP in different conditions as the track was changing in the morning so I was able to take profit of this time to understand how the tyres and bike behave. Then in the afternoon we had a track dry enough for slicks but it was not fully dry. I am physically OK after the crash; it was not a problem. Times are again very close so I am not too worried about our final position as we’ll push again in FP3.".
“It was not a bad day today, straight away in FP1 I had a good feeling with the bike and good confidence on rain tyres. This was a good start to the weekend. The afternoon was a little trickier with the drying conditions, but I think I could have had a better lap. Some small mistakes meant we missed the top ten today but overall it’s a positive day. We are looking good in these conditions so let’s see what happens with the weather and try to keep our position. It’s really tight here so even a small step can be a big improvement.”