Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez got back to business today at Brno, both riders starting the Czech weekend on the right foot.

After ending FP1 seventh fastest, Dani finished the day on top of the standings as the only rider able to lap under the 1’56 barrier when he put a soft rear tyre on at the end of FP2. The Spaniard is happy to have also been fast on hard tyres during the entire session.

Marc set the third fastest time in the morning and then, following his usual path of work, spent all FP2 on the same set of hard Michelin tyres, focusing on his race pace and closing the day in tenth place, just 0.659 down from his teammate.

Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa 26

1st / 1'55.976

"Today was good because we were able to keep a good pace especially in FP2 on hard tyres. We did a good job there and then also in the final part of the session when we fit a soft rear. That was important because we normally struggle with the soft tyre while today we had a good feeling and good speed. That said, we’ll keep our feet on the ground because not every rider put the soft tyre on today and we need to repeat the performance tomorrow in qualifying. Regarding the final tyre choice for the race I think we’ll need to make more tests tomorrow.”

Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

10th / 1'56.635

“We started with a good setup because we did a really good test here one month ago. The conditions are different as it’s extremely hot now and that means we had to adjust the setup. We’ve worked on it, and already we’re used to spending the whole first session on medium tyres and the second one on hard tyres, which I was able to make a good final lap time with, so we can say that we’re happy with how the day went. We’re a bit behind in the ranking but we worked well on the rhythm and we’re close in terms of the gap from the top. Dovi has done many laps on used tyres and Dani has also has been fast today so let’s wait and see, tomorrow we’ll understand better where we all are. So far, we think the hard front tyre will be the choice for Sunday while we need to make more tests for the rear choice. They say it may rain on Sunday but I hope it’ll stay dry, even if it’s very hot, because it’s less risky to make mistakes. Of course in case of rain we’ll try and make a good race!”

Repsol Honda Team
Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky

Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic

MotoGP 2018, Round 10

Friday 3 Aug 2018, 16:06 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Dani Pedrosa 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'55.976
2 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1'56.099
3 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Ángel Nieto Team Ducati +1'56.144
4 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +1'56.200
5 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1'56.218
6 Maverick Viñales 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1'56.392
7 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1'56.480
8 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1'56.521
9 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +1'56.535
10 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1'56.635
11 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1'56.644
12 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1'56.661
13 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1'56.915
14 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Castrol Honda +1'57.014
15 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati +1'57.205
16 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1'57.417
17 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1'57.473
18 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Team HRC – MotoGP Honda +1'57.479
19 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +1'57.498
20 Bradley Smith 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1'57.506
21 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda +1'57.647
22 Thomas Luthi 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +1'57.729
23 Scott Redding 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1'57.941
24 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Ángel Nieto Team Ducati +1'58.127
25 Xavier Simeon 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1'58.453
26 Sylvain Guintoli 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki +1'58.617
Rider Standings
Sunday, 15 Jul 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 165 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 119 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
3 Maverick VIñALES 25 SPA 109 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
4 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 88 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 88 Ducati Team Ducati
6 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 85 Ducati Team Ducati
7 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 84 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
8 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 79 LCR Honda Castrol Honda
9 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 75 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
10 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 57 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
11 Alex RINS 42 SPA 53 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
12 Dani PEDROSA 26 SPA 49 Repsol Honda Team Honda
13 Alvaro BAUTISTA 19 SPA 44 Ángel Nieto Team Ducati
14 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 32 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
15 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 30 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
16 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 22 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
17 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 19 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
18 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 16 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
19 Bradley SMITH 38 GBR 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
20 Scott REDDING 45 GBR 12 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
21 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 10 LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda
22 Mika KALLIO 36 FIN 6 KTM Test Team KTM
23 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 4 Ángel Nieto Team Ducati