Marc Márquez led the way for most of the two Free Practice sessions today, finishing both in second place.
His best time -1:55.825, places him second in the overall standings and qualifies him provisionally for Q2, with only FP3 remaining on Saturday. Rain is predicted for Day 2 of the Czech GP.
Stefan Bradl finished the first day in fourteenth position, with a best time of 1:56.876.
The German rider comes to the Czech Republic after taking place in last week’s 8 Hours of Suzuka race with Honda, in which he placed third.
Czech GP Timetables MotoGP 2019
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2019 Czech GP – Rider statements
It was important to start well after the summer break and the bike was feeling good today, allowing us to try a mix of tyres, settings and some chassis options. We concentrated on the setup more than the one lap speed until the last run because tomorrow it looks like there is a big chance of rain.
Tonight we will look at everything to better understand the positives and negatives to choose our best option for tomorrow. We are happy, happy with how the day went and we will see what tomorrow brings but we are in a good place.
Well honestly today didn’t start well as it took me longer than expected to adjust back to MotoGP after Suzuka. We made a big step from FP1 to FP2 and I was pleased with this, in FP2 I was able to get back the feeling I had in Germany.
The improvements mean we end the day well and I’m ready for the rest of the weekend where we have a busy schedule. Times are again very close but I think we can keep improving and close the gap to the leaders.