Friday, April 25, 2014

Marquez & Pedrosa 1-2 for Repsol Honda in Day 1 Free Practice at MotoGP Argentina Round 3

Press Release

Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina

Round 3 - Friday, April 25th 2014

  Argentina - Practice Report

Weather conditions
Sunny Spells 23°C
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Repsol Honda duo find their rhythm in Argentina to finish 1-2 in FP2

Repsol Honda duo find their rhythm in Argentina to finish 1-2 in FP2

After a busy morning on a dirty track, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have made significant progress in this afternoon’s FP2 session, finishing first and second.
During this morning’s FP1 they chose to remain on the same soft rear tyre for the entire session whilst they adapted to the new track, whereas every other MotoGP rider put a fresh tyre on at the end of the session, thus demoting Marc and Dani to 14th and 16th respectively.
However, this afternoon on a cleaner track, both riders made substantial gains with Marc, who was over a second faster than anyone else, improving his time by 5.790s (FP1: 1’45.103) to 1’39.313 on lap 16 of 18, and Dani shaving 5.328s off his time with 1’40.396 on lap 18 of 18 (FP1: 1’45.724). What made this even more notable was the fact they recorded these impressive times on the hard rear Bridgestone tyre (and medium front).
Team Quotes
Marc Marquez profile image
Marc Marquez
1st - 1'39.313
“It was a fun day, it is always interesting to learn all the different corners and their secrets at a new track and the practice sessions go by more quickly. Maybe the day was affected by the first session, in which we sacrificed putting in a fast lap in order to keep the same tyre on during the entire session. That was to enable us to keep more tyres for the remainder of the weekend. This afternoon we were able to have a more normal practice session and the track had improved a lot. The tyre durability also seemed much greater than before, and I think that it will continue improving as the weekend goes on. I am happy with how this first day went and with the base that we have. We shall continue working in the same way, as we are aware that tomorrow's times will be much closer”
Dani Pedrosa profile image
Dani Pedrosa
2nd - 1'40.396
"Overall this was a good first day, because we were able to try out the track in dry conditions. The asphalt was very dirty this morning and the tyres were getting destroyed immediately so we weren't able to make much progress. In the afternoon the asphalt was better and we had an opportunity to put in some laps, testing things out with the bike and with the track. We were able to ride more consistently and gather data that will allow us to improve again tomorrow”

practice results

  Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina - Round 3
1Marc Marquez93ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'39.313
2Dani Pedrosa26ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'40.396
3Aleix Espargaro41ESPNGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA1'40.566
4Stefan Bradl6GERLCR Honda MotoGPHONDA1'40.891
5Andrea Dovizioso4ITADucati TeamDUCATI1'41.042
6Bradley Smith38GBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA1'41.303
7Pol Espargaro44ESPMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA1'41.368
8Valentino Rossi46ITAYamaha FactoryYAMAHA1'41.395
9Jorge Lorenzo99ESPYamaha Factory RacingYAMAHA1'41.533
10Andrea Iannone29ITAPramac RacingDUCATI1'41.924
11Alvaro Bautista19ESPGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA1'42.029
12Yonny Hernandez68COLPramac RacingDUCATI1'42.128
13Karel Abraham17CZECardion AB MotoracingHONDA1'42.348
14Colin Edwards5USANGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA1'42.608
15Nicky Hayden69USADrive M7 AsparHONDA1'42.621
16Hector Barbera8ESPAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI1'42.739
17Broc Parkes23AUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM1'42.827
18Michele Pirro51ITADucati TeamDUCATI1'42.898
19Danilo Petrucci9ITAIodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER1'43.106
20Mike Di Meglio63FRAAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI1'43.125
21Michael Laverty70GBRPaul Bird MotorsportART & PBM1'43.151
22Scott Redding45GBRGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA1'43.165
23Hiroshi Aoyama7JPNDrive M7 AsparHONDA1'43.347

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Circuit Information

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Length4.806 m / 2.986 miles
Left corners5
Right corners9
Longest straight1.076 m / 0.669 miles
  Honda Racing Corporation
3-15-1, Senzui, Asaka-shi, Saitama-Pref., 351-0024 Japan

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