MotoGP: Honda, Marquez end positive day 1 at the "Cathedral"
It’s been a positive first day at the Assen TT for Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. This morning on a ‘green’ track, the riders were placed 4th and 8th respectively, but as the temperatures and track improved in the afternoon, they found their rhythm in FP2.
Marc finished the day in 2nd with his best time of 1’33.864 arriving on lap 18 of 19 and Dani was just behind him in 3rd, recording his top time of 1’34.069 on his final lap of 20.
Marc Marquez – 2nd
“Today went pretty well and I’m happy, because last year we suffered a lot at this track. I think is a good track for both Honda and Yamaha; they were better here last year but maybe this year we have taken a step forward and I feel very comfortable and happy with the pace that I have. We’ll see tomorrow, because it seems that we’re not so strong in the low temperatures, but I am convinced that we can match the competitors level”
Dani Pedrosa – 3rd
“Today we were fortunate to have two dry sessions here in Assen. In the morning the track was cooler but in the afternoon we had a very good track temperature, which allowed us to improve our feeling a little and in general we had good conditions for riding. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see what condition the track is in, and then hope for a good qualifying session”