Marc Marquez says he is still searching for the best set-up to get the maximum out of his rear tyre ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix. Many are expecting tyre wear to be critical in the 20 lap race and the championship leader admits he is still unsure of their durability having not managed to complete a race distance in practice.
“I can’t say for sure because I only did ten timed laps on the hard rear tyre. At the moment, after those ten laps the tyre was there, the grip was there. We tried different set-ups but the feeling is there. We know some riders already had graining but we think, over the weekend, it will improve.”
Speaking in his post-session debrief, the Repsol Honda rider admits the electronic settings will be important to ensure the fabled power of the RC213V doesn’t put too much stress on the rear tyres early in the stint.
“Of course, we will go hard tomorrow to try and find the right set-up. Here, you have to use a lot of the rear tyre on the long corners but on the other side, you have to set up the electronics to try to drop a little bit of the power because if we put all the power in the rear, we destroy the tyre in a few laps. It will also be interesting on Sunday with the weather, if it’s cold or hot, but we will see.”
Marquez was fourth fastest in free practice this afternoon with Ducati’s Andrea Iannone topping the timesheets.