Defending MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez is looking for perfection. Undefeated so far this season, the Repsol Honda rider has made even more strides toward a perfect 2014 season by posting the fastest lap times on day one of this weekend’s Gran Premio d’Italia TIM at Tuscany’s Mugello circuit. Granted, riders were only able to participate fully in the first free practice session of the day due to inclement weather, but Marquez made the most of Friday’s limited track time.
“Today was a really good day,” said Marquez, who posted a fastest time of 1:48.004. “I began with a few questions on my mind after last year – when this track was one of those that I found most difficult – and I saw that things have changed completely after a year of experience.
“The morning went well and the feeling was good,” continued Marquez. “But in the afternoon we didn't go out as it was raining on and off, and the surface was neither fit for dry riding nor wet tires. I felt very comfortable on the bike, there was a big difference compared to last year and I'm feeling much better about things and we hope to continue improving."
Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi wound up close on the heels of Marquez with a fastest time of 1:48.386. Excited to return to his home track of Mugello, the Italian rider set a good pace for the Italian fans and led most of the session before dropping to second in the last few minutes.
“This morning the start was good for me,” said Rossi. “We found already quite a good setting and I felt comfortable on the bike; it was already quite fast.
“The weather is a shame, firstly for the people around the circuit and also as we had something important to try this afternoon so it was important to try to make the test,” he continued. “Unfortunately, 10 minutes before the practice it started to rain but not enough for the rain tire so we wasted our time.”
Rounding out the top-five fastest for the first day of the Italian MotoGP were Pramac Ducati’s Andrea Iannone (1:48.434), factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso (1:48.518) and Rossi’s Movistar Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo (1:48.665).Tags: Andrea Dovizioso, Andrea Iannone, Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez, MotoGP World Champion, Motorsports, Movistar Yamaha, Mugello, Repsol Honda, Valentino Rossi