MotoGP: Marquez Shines in Aragon Free Practice Runs

MotoGP Honda Repsol and defending World Champion Marc Marquez continues to show his incredible form ahead of the Grand Prix at Aragon.

He’s not the defending World Champion for no reason. Although it took him a little longer than he would have liked to find his form for the 2017 season, Marc Marquez has held it in a vice grip ever since.

Pocas conclusiones pero buenas sensaciones! ☔ FP2 – P.4 Few conclusions but good feelings! #AragonGP #MotoGP

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The Catalan rose to the top of the points quickly, and remains in contention for the title in a tie with Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso. While far from an indication of how the weekend will go, Marquez has shown his immaculate form over the course of the free practice sessions – boasting a half-second lead during his Friday stint.

Despite this, the Spaniard remains pragmatic on his outlook for the upcoming race, citing a shift in conditions as reason enough to not speculate:

“Today honestly, yeah of course was important to ride, to get the feeling with the bike, but difficult to take conclusions or information because it looks like tomorrow and Sunday will be dry.

So it was a day to get the feeling but also minimize the risk level. We ride the bike, just try to get the feeling and don’t push to the limit because in the end it looks like tomorrow will be dry.” – Marc Marquez

Marquez certainly didn’t divulge much even after much of the paddock has him slated as the favorite to win, given that he performs exceptionally well on what he has previously called his favorite track.

If there is one thing Marquez excels at, it’s playing mind games. The young Spaniard has an exceptional understanding of when to hold his hand and when to play it. We can’t help but feel that this is a case of Marc holding on to something big.

FP1 – P.1 ☔ #AragonGP #MotoGP

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With him staring down Dovi and his Red Beast, he’s absolutely right to hold back on any significant developments that his engineers may have found ahead of the race weekend.

Marc has always favored showing rather than telling – and if he’s got a trick up his sleeve for Aragon, the defending World Champion will undoubtedly prefer to show the rest of the pack just what it is.