Marc Marquez got off to a less than desirable start at the beginning of this week in Jerez when he finished Free Practice 1 in fifth place and half a second off pace. However, he managed to end it all on a triumphant note by Free Practice 2, improving his lap time by a second. While he wasn’t quite able to beat rival Jorge Lorenzo, who was 0.345 seconds faster, he did manage to do it all without a single tyre change. Despite all the positive change, he’s still not 100% comfortable on the RC213V and feels he has a ways to go.
“I’m happy with how this first day went overall. In the first practice session, we discovered that the base setup we had in place from other circuits wasn’t working completely well for us here, but we were able to react in FP2. We’ve improved a lot, but we have to keep working because I still don’t feel entirely comfortable. The important thing is that we’re not far off [Jorge] Lorenzo, who is going fastest at the moment. Valentino [Rossi] has also been very consistent, but I’m happy with how the team have been working and how they reacted to issues, so we’ll see if we can take another step forward tomorrow.”
Here’s to hoping third time’s a charm for him, though finishing in second place after fifth is none too shabby either.