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Marquez fastest and Pedrosa returns on track in Laguna Seca
Marc Marquez
Repsol Honda rookie, Marc Marquez, was the fastest rider today on the first day of free practice for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

With track conditions improving from this morning, Marc was almost a second faster in FP2 with a time of 1'22.040 set on lap 14 of 24. Teammate Dani Pedrosa took to the track in the afternoon session for the first time since his dramatic high side crash in Sachsenring a week ago. Still hindered by his injury, Dani was 11th fastest for the day with a time of 1'23.129 set on his final lap of 23.

Marc Marquez 1st 1'22.040
"In the first free practice the most important thing was to remain calm and take it slowly, and that is what we did. Also, the track conditions and the mist made things tricky. During the first few minutes I was a little stressed on the bike, because I had a lot of work to do. It's a brand new track for me, but it is fun. It is very narrow and short, with many bumps so it took a bit of adapting on my behalf. In the second session I found things much more comfortable, I started to enjoy myself and found a pace that was not bad at all. We were fastest, but the time we clocked is still a little off the track record. I'm happy with this first day, so we'll see if tomorrow we can continue in the same way and continue to learn the circuit"

Practice Results

Pos Rider Time Nat Bike Team
1 Marc Marquez 1'22.040 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Stefan Bradl 1'22.269 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
3 Andrea Dovizioso 1'22.284 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
4 Valentino Rossi 1'22.346 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Cal Crutchlow 1'22.457 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Jorge Lorenzo 1'22.467 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
7 Aleix Espargaro 1'22.531 SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
8 Alvaro Bautista 1'22.539 SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
9 Nicky Hayden 1'22.733 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Bradley Smith 1'22.767 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
11 Dani Pedrosa 1'23.129 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
12 Hector Barbera 1'23.158 SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
13 Randy De Puniet 1'23.437 FRA SUZUKI Suzuki Test Team
14 Alex De Angelis 1'23.973 RSM DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
15 Danilo Petrucci 1'24.047 ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
16 Claudio Corti 1'24.180 ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
17 Colin Edwards 1'24.410 USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
18 Karel Abraham 1'24.421 CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
19 Hiroshi Aoyama 1'24.473 JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
20 Yonny Hernandez 1'24.555 COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
21 Michael Laverty 1'24.727 GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
22 Bryan Staring 1'25.345 AUS FTR-HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
23 Blake Young 1'25.764 USA APR CRT Attack Performance
24 Lukas Pesek 1'27.173 CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
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