MotoGP World Championship leader Marc Marquez said that he is still deciding what frame he will use for Sunday’s German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, with the Spaniard torn over the two provided.
Coming to Germany looking for a tenth straight victory, the World Champion had time in free practice to experiment a little more then in other circuits where his base setting may not be as set.
HRC provided the World Champion with a new, much lighter carbon based frame to try in Jerez. Whilst believing it was largely better to ride, Marquez did say there positives and negatives to both frames, leaving him with a decision to make before Sunday.
“I’m pleased with how today went. I even put in a new tyre to be faster,” he said.
“My strategy for tomorrow is to continue to test the new tyres.”
“I still need to understand what to do but I know I have a good base. I can be fast with both frames and that’s an advantage but also a weak point. Each specification has its pros and cons.
“We’ll continue to analyse the, but I think I might continue to use both bikes tomorrow. I can feel the difference between the two frames, I can’t explain exactly what, but I can feel it.”
Marquez topped the afternoon session, however, it was Fabio Quartararo who was fastest in the opening session of the day. The French rookie has been a star since making the move into MotoGP.
The Spaniard said that he believes Quartararo is showing the true potential of the Yamaha.
“Fabio is very fast. And his progression surely comes as a pleasant surprise to MotoGP, but not to us, his rivals,” he said.
“He surprises me because he wasn’t immediately quick with this type of bike and struggled over winter, but has then improved race after race.
He’s fast at every track and kept pace with me and Vinales today. We’re very close, he rides the Yamaha very well and is demonstrating the bikes potential.”