MotoGP 2015, Marquez second fastest on day one in Brno, but injury scare for Pedrosa

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It was a mixed first day in the Czech Republic for Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. This morning, with cooler temperatures, the riders attacked immediately with Marc second fastest and Dani third. At the end of the session Marc ran wide in turn thirteen and had to lay the bike in the gravel, thankfully he escaped uninjured. This afternoon, the ambient temperature rose to over 30ºC and the session was littered with crashes from several riders as the track also rose to a high 46ºC. Marc went fastest with his time of 1’56.513 on lap 3 of 6 and remained unbeaten for the remainder of the session. He was one of the few top riders to improve on the FP1 time despite crashing on his last exit in turn seven, fortunately walking away from the incident. His time placed him second for the day in the combined times. Dani crashed early in the session – on just his second lap – after some oil leaked from his front fork as he rode through turn thirteen and resulted in a high side. Dani visited the medical centre for an x-ray where they confirmed there was no fracture but heavy bruising to the left ankle. He finished the day 4th in the combined times with 1’56.784 (FP1). (From: hondaracingcorporation.com)

MARC MARQUEZ

Today was a very productive day, we have obtained a lot of data and we have seen that this will not be an easy circuit. I am fast over a single lap, but I am finding it harder to set a constant pace. In FP2 we finished first, but more importantly we have made a step forward with our pace, because it seems that Lorenzo is has a very fast rhythm. This afternoon we got close to him and we will see if tomorrow we can continue to improve, in order to be as close as possible to the top.”

DANI PEDROSA

I had a problem with the front fork which I didn’t realise until some oil hit the rear wheel as I was leaning over to the right into turn fourteen. The bike threw me off quite violently and I took a big knock to my left foot. I went to Clinica Mobile for a check-up and they performed an x-ray on my left ankle. Thankfully they confirmed there was no break or fracture, just a heavy contusion so I will have some treatment tonight and see how the situation is in the morning.

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’56.499
2 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’56.513
3 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team 1’56.750
4 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’56.784
5 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1’56.821
6 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’57.038
7 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’57.078
8 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’57.137
9 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’57.202
10 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR CWM LCR Honda 1’57.229
11 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing 1’57.544
12 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing 1’57.575
13 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’57.607
14 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing 1’57.718
15 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1’57.860
16 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’58.484
17 MILLER Jack 43 AUS CWM LCR Honda 1’58.512
18 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA Aspar MotoGP Team 1’58.549
19 DI MEGLIO Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing 1’58.589
20 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Aspar MotoGP Team 1’58.656
21 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’58.669
22 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing 1’58.678
23 DE ANGELIS Alex 15 RSM Athina Forward Racing