Marc Marquez was relieved to finish the opening day at Silverstone fourth fastest overall after saying he started FP1 “in the worst way”. The championship leader was only tenth in the morning session with a crash along the way but a much more encouraging FP2 saw him back in contention with the pre-race favourites.
Marquez’s crash came 15 minutes into the opening session with the front end of the RC213V washing away at Brooklands. The Spaniard attributed some of the cause of the crash to the bumpy nature of the circuit but also admitted that the fall summed up a terrible session where he and his Repsol Honda team had struggled.
“Today, I’m very happy because we suffered the worst FP1 for us, we started in the worst way. Everything was out, the set-up, the electronics, the riding style. The team did an incredible job from FP1 to FP2 and I also tried to analyse what was going on and make a big step and now we’re close to the top guys. It was so difficult to understand FP1. The new asphalt is worse than last year. Better grip but more bumps.”
“I arrived at the corner and there were big bumps there and a lot of chatter. I already started to save but when I slid, the natural grass was there. I didn’t expect natural grass because MotoGP tries to remove but once I hit it, I lost the front!”
The crash also highlighted another long-running Honda problem with Marquez typically forced to run the hardest available front tyre, an option he wasn’t running at the time of the accident. Marc also explained that the resurfaced track and changeable weather is also presenting its own problem, complicating tyre choice.
“In FP1, I maybe rode too aggressive but the bike was also shaking a lot”, he explained. “The front tyre was also not a good one for me and everything was going the wrong way. Even the electronics was out. But the team worked a lot for FP2, gave me another kind of set-up, electronics, plus I changed my riding style, so we gained one second and we’re already close to Dovi and Maverick who are the fastest riders”.
“With the new asphalt, you need to run a hard compound but then with the wind and the ground temperature, it’s difficult on the left side. I nearly crashed when Tito crashed behind me and it’s quite critical there. You have to manage. I’ve already used the hard tyre as it’s the only way to ride a Honda but this morning I used the medium and it was too soft for us.”