Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo well inside the top ten after a strong opening day on home soil.
Strong sun throughout Friday practice at the Spanish GP highlighted the new Jerez tarmac as the Repsol Honda Team made the most of every moment on the familiar track.
Only challenged for the top spot in Free Practice 1 by his teammate, reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez continued his form into FP2. Remaining fast, Marquez ultimately ended Free Practice 2 in fourth with a 1’38.147 – less than a third of a second splitting the top four. Marquez’s morning time has him second on the combined times, 0.012s behind Petrucci and one of only two riders to set a 1’37.
Jorge Lorenzo experienced his strongest Friday as a Repsol Honda Team rider, finishing FP1 in second. Working on the setting of his Honda RC213V, a red flag late session left Lorenzo with less than three minutes to set a fast lap. A 1’38.445 on his final run moved Lorenzo to ninth in FP2. Thanks to his FP1 time of 1’38.045, Lorenzo concludes the opening day of practice fourth overall.
The two Repsol Honda Team riders led the Honda charge on the combined time sheets, Honda riders filling five of the top nine spots.
Free Practice 3 at 09:55 tomorrow, Saturday May 04, will host the second and final battle for direct passage to Q2.