Rookie sensation Marc Marquez once again topped the timesheets after the opening day of running. The championship leader has once again threw down a gauntlet to his title rivals by setting the pace at Misano.
The Spaniard topped both sessions although he could only outpace his team-mate, Dani Pedrosaa, by just 0.033 seconds in the afternoon but afterwards the 20 year was in terrific spirits as he talked about his day’s running:
“I am happy with how things went today, and how we worked,” said Marquez, who dislocated his left shoulder in warm-up at Silverstone. “My shoulder is not a problem on the bike and I’m nearly at 100%. I feel very good and it’s important that from Silverstone until here that I worked to recover and get power in my shoulder so I feel good.
Marquez also spoke about a dramatic save, caught on camera, where he raised the bike back up with his elbow after losing the front.
“I was trying the hard front tyre and at that corner I knew that sometimes you have some movement [on the front] but with the hard tyre it was more aggressive. How I saved it? I don’t know, I put my elbow down and when I opened my eyes I was still on the bike! I’d prefer to be more smooth and not have that moment.”
With the paddock having been informed moments that Dani Rivas was handed a two race ban for causing an accident in Moto2 warm up at Silverstone, the Spaniard ran into Steven Odendall with the South African suffering a shoulder injury, Marquez was asked suspension.
The opinion of Marquez was particularly interesting because he was penalised in 2011 for crashing with Rathapark Willairot at Philip Island, and forced to start from the back of the grid, for colliding with Thai rider.
“I think these were different [incidents],” he said. “On that lap in Australia I was fast but Willairot was so slow and on the line in first gear. It was my mistake but you can’t go around the whole circuit in first gear.
“Dani Rivas was completely different because he was talking with another rider and that is dangerous. In the end, race direction took their decision and maybe one race would have been enough but it was a dangerous incident for all the riders because Rivas touched two or three riders and there was a lot of riders there.”