Dani Pedrosa set the second fastest time at the end of a sunny opening day of the Spanish Grand Prix, just 28 thousandths of a second off provisional pole-setter and fellow HRC rider Cal Crutchlow. Dani greatly improved his speed and pace from the morning FP1 session, which he had finished in 14th position.

After setting the second fastest time in the morning, on used tyres, reigning World Champion Marc Marquez wrapped up the day in fifth place, just over two tenths from the top. A small slip-off at turn 6 in the final stages of the afternoon session did not prevent him from completing a good day of work on his race pace.

Fair weather conditions are also expected tomorrow, when the FP3 session will start at 9:55 a.m. local time.

Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa 26

2nd / 1'38.642

“This morning I started a bit slowly to test the condition of my hand, and from there I went, step by step, improving over the day, especially in the second session, when I was able to push a bit more. The positive aspect is that I felt better than at the last race, though I’m not yet 100% fit. I have more range of motion, and that allows me to move on the bike better in order to adopt a better position in the corners. What I still lack is full strength, and that still causes me to struggle and prevents me from riding exactly as I wish. Anyway, we did a good FP2 session and we know where we can improve further. I hope we’ll be able to do that tomorrow.”

Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

5th / 1'38.863

“I’m generally happy with my first day here at Jerez because I think we did good work. We did a lot of laps on used tyres, and that’s important in view of the race. I had a small crash in the end with a front tyre that already had 27 laps on it, but it was mainly my mistake because I just braked too late into the corner. It seems that the Hondas are strong here, especially Dani, so we’ll see if we can get closer. It will be interesting to see how the tyres react to the higher temperature that’s expected tomorrow. Hopefully we’ll be able to keep a good pace and continue our direction of work, which I think is the correct one. This track is usually a bit challenging for me, but this year I feel good on the bike and am ready to fight for the podium and even the victory.”

Repsol Honda Team
Gran Premio Red Bull de España

Circuito de Jerez, Spain

MotoGP 2018, Round 4

Rider Standings
Sunday, 22 Apr 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 46 Ducati Team Ducati
2 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 45 Repsol Honda Team Honda
3 Maverick VIñALES 25 SPA 41 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
4 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 38 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
5 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 38 LCR Honda Castrol Honda
6 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 31 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
7 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 29 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
8 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 26 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
9 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 22 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
10 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 21 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
11 Dani PEDROSA 26 SPA 18 Repsol Honda Team Honda
12 Alex RINS 42 SPA 16 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
13 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 9 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
14 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 8 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
15 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 6 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
16 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 6 Ducati Team Ducati
17 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 6 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
18 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 5 LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda
19 Scott REDDING 45 GBR 4 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
20 Alvaro BAUTISTA 19 SPA 4 Ángel Nieto Team Ducati
21 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 1 Ángel Nieto Team Ducati