After several months without rider Marc Márquez, the Repsol Honda Team had both of their official riders in action on Friday in Spain.
Márquez has officially returned after testing his fitness at the Misano test last week, concluding the first two Free Practices for the Aragón Grand Prix with a good feeling. The Repsol Honda Team rider set a best time of 1:47.761, putting him eighth on the combined timesheets.
Pol Espargaró continued to work hard to adapt and improve his results with the Honda RC213V. With a best time of 1:48.743, he finished 23rd on the first day of practice
“I am very happy to be back on the bike and riding in MotoGP again. The feeling from the morning to the afternoon improved a lot. In the morning I wasn’t riding well, and I was quite stiff on the bike. Then in the afternoon I was more relaxed, and I didn’t get as tired and we were able to work in a better way. Overall, it was good to understand the bike and how to rid well at this track again. On my last run with the soft tyre, I was putting in a good lap but had a little bit of a moment in the final corner. If you’re making mistakes, it means you’re pushing which is good. There are some things to work on, but we on our way”.
“It wasn’t a good day today, but maybe not quite as bad as it looks from the result sheet. On my last time attack I made a couple of mistakes, and I couldn’t improve my time with the soft tyre. I think we could be inside the top 15 if I could put a lap together but I wasn’t feeling comfortable, and we need to find more grip. Hopefully the grip on track improves tomorrow and we can also improve it from our side. The plan is to hit the ground running tomorrow and do our best”.