Marc Márquez leads first day in Austin

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Reigning MotoGP World Champion is fastest after FP2, in which Dani Pedrosa finishes in fifth position.

Marc Márquez riding in Austin
Marc Márquez leads first day in Austin

I can improve in T4


Marc Márquez

Marc Márquez improved his times by a second and a half from FP1 to FP2.

For the fifth consecutive year, Marc Márquez was the fastest on the first day at the Circuit of the Americas.

The current World Champion set a time of 2:04.061, using the hard front tyre and the soft rear.

Dani Pedrosa clocked a time of 2:04.811, using the soft front and rear tyres.

Marc Márquez

Today went well enough and in the second session I started to feel more comfortable on the bike, but there are some areas of the setup where we need to keep working hard, especially to improve the feeling with the front. The positive is that over the course of the day, we were able to complete a lot of work and try all the tyres, even the soft one, to see how the bike reacts. In the afternoon we also took a step forward with the electronics, finding a good enough base, although we also want to sort out some more details there to improve the bike’s behaviour on the bumps. I look forward to tomorrow, to continue the good work on the bike and on myself as well, I also can improve in T4.

Dani Pedrosa

We were able to improve after the first practice session and to try some more things with the setup, and also with the tyres. We must do a good job of using the information we gathered today in order to take another step forward tomorrow. We’re especially looking to improve in the first and third sectors, and to prepare for the race as well as possible.

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