The Repsol Honda Team starts work in preparation for the race2018-10-28 23:37
The action on day one of the Australian Grand Prix was delayed until long after Moto3 FP1 was red-flagged seven minutes into the session. Stefano Nepa’s bike suffered a problem and spilled liquid on track, requiring an extensive clean-up job, while a strong downpour further complicated the situation. Consequently, the MotoGP class headed out for FP1 at 1:50 p.m. local time and for FP2 at 4:20 p.m., with both sessions luckily run in dry conditions.
Newly crowned World Champion Marc Marquez was sixth-fastest in FP1 and seventh in FP2, with teammate Dani Pedrosa finishing both sessions in 13th place.
The action for the MotoGP class will resume tomorrow at 11:55 a.m. local time.
“We didn't start the day very well in terms of feeling with the bike and front tyre, and we had a crash that was quite unexpected. Anyway, I think we made a good step in the second session, so we’re happy with the work we did, even if we ended in seventh place. We made some changes on the bike and did kind of a long run, looking to better understand the feeling, and I think we’re now heading in the right direction, even if we still have work to do. We’re all very close, and it’s not clear yet where everyone is, so we’ll see how it goes tomorrow. Of course we’ll try and give one hundred per cent.”
“I went out this morning and the feeling wasn’t bad, but when I exited for the second run, with the same tyre and having made no particular changes on the bike, I lost the front and crashed. The feeling still wasn’t perfect in the second session, with turning and the front in general. We tried the soft and the medium spec tyre, and we must keep working. We’ll see tomorrow.”
Free Practice Classification
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1'29.131
Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing 1'29.291 / 0.160
Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1'29.354 / 0.223
Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1'29.406 / 0.275
Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 1'29.616 / 0.485
Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'29.686 / 0.555
Source: Honda Racing Corporation
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