Waiting for this Saturday to debut Marc Márquez in the first Andalusian Grand Prix, the first to be held consecutively on the same circuit, the MotoGP riders took advantage of the day on Friday to face the strange sensation of repeating the work scenario, which can change quite a bit the approaches in the different garages. Some looking for that little more step or something extra that improves what it was a week ago, the previous result was good or bad; others trying to find those solutions that were resisted in the last appointment, now with a lot of information accumulated and analyzed, for very similar weather conditions (although a yellow alert is expected in the Jerez area for this Saturday and Sunday, which will bring much closer plus temperatures 40 degrees).
“Sunday’s victory I have taken out of the part of my brain that I need to work. The good thing is that we are on the same circuit and we know that the bike works well here. You can use the free ones, like today, as a test to test things and solutions, “explained the leader of the general, Fabio Quartararo, which ended in an unusual fourteenth place. “Last year I was too obsessed with being first at the end of the sessions. Today we have only used two tires, something important thinking about the race. You have to change your way of thinking, because you never like to finish behind in the classification, but I know that the potential is to face the search for a quick lap, “he added.
The Frenchman set a better time just over eight tenths worse than the fastest, Maverick Viñales, second in last Sunday’s race and who failed to capture his powerful rhythm in the test, suspecting the lack of success in choosing his front tire (the soft one), seeing the good performance of the winner with the same bike (but with the hard one).
“I have felt very good, much better than last week, so we have made a base thinking more about the hard, and it has worked quite well,” said Viñales, 142 thousandths better than Rossi, which continues to speak highly of the Yamaha in Jerez, and ahead of the rookie Brad Binder, in a day with three KTMs among the top six (Pol Espargaró fifth and Miguel Oliveira sixth), a motorcycle that is now beginning to appear .
Injured present and absent
This on the day of the injured. On the one hand of those present, Alex Rins and Cal Crutchlow, who finished in the last two positions in a day that was made a bit uphill due to their physical problems.
«Because of how I finished in the second training, pain level, today I would not have finished the race», Suzuki’s Spanish was sincere. «In the morning I went out without any pain reliever and I suffered a lot. And in FP2 I have taken it and it has helped me, but not enough. I still feel pain on the bike, strong pain, but it is the condition that we are in now and look ahead and see if I can hold the race, “added Rins.
But it was also a day marked by the great absentee, Marc Márquez, who will prove his condition this Saturday and will clarify whether the chapter written this Thursday with his arrival in Jerez continues until Sunday.
“Last Sunday we were very concerned because we didn’t really know what the situation was. But luckily everything has gone the best possible way. We didn’t think he could recover that quickly after that fall. If Marc is here it means that he can run and that is why he has passed the medical examination», Clarified the chief mechanic of the champion. “No one would have ever imagined that Marc came here, but we all know well what kind of pilot he is. He is one who always stays positive in the face of negative situations and I think from the first moment he started thinking about trying to run. When Marc sees a small open door he tries to open it, although what will count is what happens tomorrow, which will be when we can understand what his condition is, “he added.
Márquez will be tested this Saturday morning in the third free practice, session that will be very important for the qualification of the afternoon. His feelings, as acknowledged by Alberto Puig, Repsol Honda team manager, are what will determine whether or not he starts the race on Sunday, and with what objective, whether to minimize damage or get something more than positive.
As regards the other categories, the Italian Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) and Spanish Raúl Fernández (KTM) set the fastest times in Moto2 and Moto3, respectively.