Marquez: ‘The first day went well’

Marc Marquez was delighted with his performance on the first day of the British Grand Prix even though he was the most notable rider to crash. 

Marquez fell off his bike at Turn 12 early on in the first free practice, but managed to shake off his crash and post the third-fastest time. 

He didn’t have the same amount of success in the second free practice session as he clocked the fifth-fastest time. Nonetheless, the Repsol Honda rider was satisfied with his performance. 

“This first day went well, especially in the afternoon,” he said. “In the morning we went out with the medium front compound and quickly saw that it wasn’t the best choice in that moment, because with the track still being very cold, I crashed when riding very slowly.

“However, in the second session I gained confidence again, and that allowed us to work very well with the harder rear tyre, which works quite well and seems to be the one we’ll go with for the race, as long as it’s dry.”

Marquez admitted that he will have to make adjustments to his bike and decide which tyre to use for the race. 

The Spaniard, who holds a 53-point lead on the standings, is well aware of what to expect from the Silverstone track and has made changes to his set-up in the past to combat the bump-laden circuit.

“Always when I arrive here, we know that it's long and bumpy, but I always had a few problems with the set-up,” he said. “The layout is very nice but for the bumps and the cold temperatures this is quite critical. One of the problems that I have with the set-up is trying to absorb the bumps. Every year I have the same problem and every year we go in the same direction, like I said. Tomorrow we'll try and go in this direction.

“The important thing is that I’m feeling good and I have a good pace; I’m happy with how everything went.”