Date : 04/04/2013
Weather : Dry
Air : 27°C
Track : 36°C
Humidity : 56%
Tonight under the floodlights of the Losail circuit in Qatar, the 2013 MotoGP season began.
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez made the most of the 45minute FP1 session on a very dirty track. Rookie Marc overcame his initial nerves and took the 4th fastest time of the session with 1'57.276 recorded on lap 15 of 18. Dani, who had issues with corner entry, was 8th fastest with a 1'57.749 on his final lap of 17. Both riders remained on the same tyre for the session.
MARC MARQUEZ – 4th - 1'57.276
"The truth is that I was a little nervous -above all at the start,- but that's normal. I got over that immediately and set about the practice just like we did in Moto2 last season: Working hard with a focus on the race. I made steady improvement and felt good, which is important at the start but we must remember that this is just the beginning. The grip levels improve a lot during a GP weekend, and thus we will have to keep working on the setup"
DANI PEDROSA – 8th - 1'57.749
"Today wasn't our best day. We weren't able to ride well with the bike, because I had a little issue on corner entry. That's why we didn't get better lap times. We hope that things go better tomorrow and that we can get better one-off times again"