Álex Márquez seventh fastest at the Red Bull Ring
Álex Márquez produced another impressive display at the Red Bull Ring as free practice for the Austrian Grand Prix got underway on Friday. The LCR Honda CASTROL rider was competitive in both dry and wet conditions to leave himself well-placed overnight with more mixed weather forecast for Saturday.
Fresh from his excellent top 10 last weekend, the Spaniard was back on the pace in a dry FP1 as he ended the session in seventh spot, eclipsing both factory Hondas. Heavy rain meant FP2 took place on a drying track, but Álex showed his aptitude in all conditions as he took sixth, putting down a marker ahead of qualifying on Saturday.
“First day of the second GP here in Austria and I felt great from the beginning. In the morning, in the dry we started with a good shape, were feeling great and so took the chance to put on a new medium tyre as we saw on the forecast that there was a chance of rain in the afternoon. It was a perfect plan from the team and for the tyre choice. In the afternoon, we had the chance to test the hard front tyre, but also some different set-ups we had in the plan. We still have tomorrow and we need to be fast again from the beginning. I’m happy with the day and motivated for tomorrow. FP3 will be important to be directly in Q2 as qualifying is always tough here. So we’ll try our best from the morning.” – Álex Márquez – 7th (1’23.881 )