The news of the day is not seeing Marc Marquez in the top ten of the combined standings. However, never underestimate the Spaniard, because in terms of pace, number 93 showed that he has all his papers in order to aim for the top step of the podium.
“Unfortunately, today I did not find the right confidence – Marc began – In fact, I struggled with the electronics. Usually it is not like that, but the positive aspect is that we figured out what the problem was and we were able to improve, since I am in the top three in terms of race pace.”
Attention then shifts to the new asphalt.
“As for the grip, on race weekend you always find different conditions than in the tests – Marc explained – Anyway, I’d say that the surface is excellent and at the same time balanced, making everything simpler. As you know, F1 creates various dips – he added – but at the moment, the real problem is the kerbs, very high on the inside as far as going in with the bike is concerned.”
One of the protagonists of Friday is undoubtedly Jorge Lorenzo, who did the best time in FP2. The number 99 rider is holding out some hopes for the world title after Mugello.
“I think that right now everyone has a chance at the title – Marquez pointed out – When Jorge goes into hammer mode, there is no way to beat him. I hope he struggles with something when we get to other tracks – he joked – Thank goodness that Honda signed him and next year we will be on the same bike with identical weapons to fight with.”
Lorenzo is the topic of the afternoon in Barcelona.
“Having a competitive Lorenzo is definitely a benefit for the show – Marquez commented – All it takes is for him to win a race and another rider to make a mistake and it doesn’t take much to gain 20 points. Leading the Championship certainly gives you more confidence in your own means and you can afford to take the time to try various things, without constantly thinking about catching up.”
There is a point that raises particular curiosity after the recent work done on the track, namely turn ten.
“On that section, I am able to recover a few tenths over the other riders – he pointed out – The problem is not the wide corners, but it’s something else. As I said, we managed to figure out the problem, so I am confident.”
The Barcelona track definitely has more grip, but at the same time, there was no lack of crashes. A situation similar to Le Mans.
“When there is more grip, a rider becomes more aggressive because he has more confidence, but at the same time there is a risk of ending up in the gravel more easily.”