Marc Marquez He had a mischievous smile on his face. He knew how to do his job following another opponent, in this case Pecco Bagnaia, to take advantage of that wheel and get straight into Q2 and the fight for pole. All after the four Hondas finished last four in opening free practice. He doesn’t expect big things, as he said on DAZN and in the media.
“It was a good afternoon, especially because in the first free practice we suffered a lot, but I was quite calm because I knew the track would improve a lot. I put the hard tire, forward and backward and, alone, I did a good lap and I said to myself: ‘If I look for my life, I can do it’, one of the fastest on the track. In fact, there was Pecco, me and Joan behind and I think some others, because it’s normal, everyone wants to follow the fastest. But then you have to do it and we did it. The truth is “I’m glad the second quarter of this year is resisting Fridays a lot and it’s a relief.”
“No, there is no rhythm. Tomorrow, in the Sprint, we will see what pace we have, but the track is improving a lot and the key to the weekend will be adaptation. For example, this morning, electronically, it was one thing; for the afternoon it was different. You’ll adapt because the asphalt has a lot of grip, but as it gets cleaner it starts to pick up rubber. The dirty part becomes very dirty.”
“I think turns 1 and 2 are different, a little bit the layout. I don’t know if it’s because of the building or what, but I think the layout is a little different in turns 1 and two and in turn 3 it affects it a little.” But the rest of the circuit is identical. It’s a circuit where you have I have to be very concentrated because there’s a lot of light, a lot of color this year. But it’s also more beautiful for television and for the fans to have fun.”
“Looking at tomorrow, if we improve some things and make a good choice of tires, both front and rear, I think we can be in the ‘top 10’, but no more.”