Marc Marquez proved in a class of one on Friday at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, as he blitzed the field in both practice sessions to set him up for a fine Saturday in round two of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship.
The Spaniard showed devastating pace from the off, with barely anyone ever getting within a second of his fastest time in FP1; the gap grew again in FP2 to over a second between Marquez and 2nd place man Andrea Dovizioso.
“Obviously I’m happy with the time I set, and also with the gap of a second between myself and the next quickest rider.” said Marquez.
“However, the most important thing for me is that my leg feels ok – much better than it did in Qatar.
The injury was bothering me a little, but I was able to participate in both free practice sessions without taking any painkillers. Now I just have to wait for tomorrow and see if things go better or worse for us then.”
Things were going much worse for Marquez’s bitter rival Jorge Lorenzo, who continued to struggled despite Bridgestone reintroducing the 2013 compound construction that the he used to run Marquez close for the title last season; however all was not as it first seemed.
“In the morning we made some modifications to the electronics, to try to win something [back] but it was worse so we went back to the electronics from last year which felt okay.” said the Yamaha man.
Lorenzo admitted he had not yet run the red-marked soft compound that he favoured after working instead to get his bike back to 2013 electronics spec.
“Tomorrow we will do some running on that tyre to see if it’s better.” he ruefully smiled.
CLASSIFICATION – FP1 – MotoGP – Austin 11th Apr 2014
CLASSIFICATION – FP2 – MotoGP – Austin 11th Apr 2014