A sunny but windy day opened proceedings at the Valencian Grand Prix, the last round of the 2022 season.
Marc Márquez got off to a good start in the first two Free Practice sessions. Despite suffering two crashes -one in each session- without injury, the Repsol Honda Team rider set a top time of 1:30.390, putting him fourth overall.
Just over 1 tenth of a second off the pacesetter, Márquez is provisionally into Q2.
Pol Espargaró will have to improve tomorrow during FP3 to be among the ten fastest riders and avoid Q1. The Repsol Honda Team rider was eighteenth with a best time of 1:31.249.
“The day was positive, and I really attacked today, it’s why I crashed twice. I pushed from the start because I want to have a good weekend at the last race of the year. Let’s see what happens because everyone is quite strong here, you saw in FP2 that many people were able to make a step. Anyway, I’ll keep working and keep pushing. Maybe I crash again, but I am here to try to be as fast as I can be. Unfortunately, I am feeling quite sick this weekend with a cold and I’m taking a lot of vitamins and medicine to try and be as strong as possible on Sunday.”
“Our race pace today wasn’t too bad, we spent most of the day working with the medium tyre and before the time attacks started we were seventh. I feel quite good but today we didn’t really focus on the time attack, so we need to really go for in Free Practice 3. It won’t be easy, it’s never easy in MotoGP, but the situation is not as dire as it seems from the results sheet. Tomorrow in the morning it should be a bit cooler which should make the medium front work a little bit better. We have to smash that lap to get into Q2, that’s the main goal for tomorrow.”