World Champion Marquez Leads the Way on Day One in Valencia

World Champion Marquez Leads the Way on Day One in Valencia

Written by  on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 14:57

November 10, 2014- Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez recorded the fastest time in both practice sessions today for Sunday's Valencia GP, with teammate Dani Pedrosa 5th in the combined times.

The times were already fast from FP1 with Marc recording a blistering lap of 1'31.296 on his final lap of 19, 0.332 seconds faster than the circuit lap record (Pedrosa – 2013, 1'31.628). Dani finished the session in 4th with his lap of 1'31.647 also on his final lap of 19.

In the afternoon, although the track temperature was 8ºC warmer, the wind increased and the track became slower. Marc and Dani weren't able to improve and their times from this morning placed them 1st and 5th on this first day. The field is incredibly close, and with under one second separating the top twelve riders there is sure to be a great battle for pole position tomorrow.


Team Quotes

Marc Marquez: 1st - 1'31.296

"The best thing about today was how I felt on the bike. Finishing fastest is a reference, but the most important thing is that the pace was good, and we have been improving and testing things out. This afternoon the track was a little slower, but we hope to continue improving tomorrow. I'm sure that there will be a nice fight for pole between myself, Jorge, Dani and Valentino."

Dani Pedrosa: 5th - 1'31.647

"Today will did a lot of tyre testing, above all with the front. We tried out three different types of front tyre and rode with the soft rear in the two practice sessions. I think that overall the state of the track allowed us to ride fast, although in the afternoon it felt harder to improve our times because of the wind. We have to work to improve our setup and make a good tyre choice for the race, because the times are tight for both the factory bikes and non-factory bikes."


Practice Results: Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana - Round 18

 Pos.         Rider                   Num.       Nation           Team                       Constructor            Time/Gap

1          Marc Marquez            93          ESP       Repsol Honda Team          HONDA                1'31.296

2          Jorge Lorenzo            99          ESP    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    YAMAHA              1'31.489

3          Andrea Dovizioso         4          ITA           Ducati Team                    DUCATI               1'31.558

4          Aleix Espargaro          41         ESP   NGM Mobile Forward Racing   YAMAHA             1'31.565

5          Dani Pedrosa             26          ESP     Repsol Honda Team             HONDA                1'31.647

6          Cal Crutchlow             35         GBR          Ducati Team                    DUCATI               1'31.731

7          Valentino Rossi          46          ITA       Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    YAMAHA             1'31.767

8          Stefan Bradl                 6         GER        LCR Honda MotoGP           HONDA              1'31.935

9          Pol Espargaro            44          ESP      Monster Yamaha Tech 3       YAMAHA            1'32.013

10        Bradley Smith            38          GBR      Monster Yamaha Tech 3       YAMAHA            1'32.019

11        Hector Barbera             8          ESP       Avintia Racing MotoGP     FTR-KAWASAKI     1'32.153

12        Michele Pirro              51          ITA             Ducati Team                    DUCATI              1'32.267

13        Andrea Iannone           29          ITA           Pramac Racing                  DUCATI              1'32.486

14        Alex De Angelis          15         RSM    NGM Mobile Forward Racing    YAMAHA             1'32.562

15        Yonny Hernandez       68          COL            Pramac Racing                 DUCATI              1'32.689

16        Alvaro Bautista           19          ESP       Go & Fun Honda Gresini         HONDA              1'32.711

17        Karel Abraham            17          CZE        Cardion AB Motoracing         HONDA               1'32.725

18        Scott Redding             45         GBR        Go & Fun Honda Gresini        HONDA               1'32.771

19        Randy De Puniet         14         FRA          Team Suzuki MotoGP          SUZUKI               1'32.799

20        Nicky Hayden             69         USA             Drive M7 Aspar                 HONDA               1'33.434

21        Hiroshi Aoyama            7         JPN              Drive M7 Aspar                 HONDA               1'33.436

22        Danilo Petrucci             9          ITA            IodaRacing Project           IODA-SUTER          1'33.504

23        Michael Laverty           70         GBR          Paul Bird Motorsport          ART & PBM           1'33.737

24        Broc Parkes                23         AUS          Paul Bird Motorsport               PBM                 1'34.106

25        Mike Di Meglio             63         FRA          Avintia Racing MotoGP   FTR-KAWASAKI        1'34.988


Circuit Information

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Length: 4.005 m / 2.489 miles

Width: 12m

Left corners: 9

Right corners: 5

Longest straight: 876 m / 0.544 miles

Constructed: 1999 (Modified)


Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana
Autovía A3 Valencia-Madrid
Salida 334. 46380 - Cheste
(Valencia) SPAIN

T: +34 96 252 52 20

Pole position: 1m 30.237s (159.7km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2013)

Race lap: 1m 31.628s (157.3km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2013)

Race time: 46m 10.302s (156.1 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2013)

2012 Race Winner: Dani Pedrosa (Honda)

2013 Race Winner: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)

From: Repsol Honda Team


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