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Marquez Carves Up New Indianapolis Circuit To Top Friday Practice
Posted by: newsla on Aug 09, 2014 - 06:24 AM
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Marquez Carves Up New Indianapolis Circuit To Top Friday Practice


Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium & Hard; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Weather: FP1 - Dry. Ambient 22-22°C; Track 26-29°C (Bridgestone measurement)
FP2 - Dry. Ambient 24-24°C; Track 34-38°C (Bridgestone measurement)

 

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Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez adapted quickly to the new tarmac and layout of the revised Indianapolis Motor Speedway circuit to lead the field on the first day of practice for the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Marquez set the day’s quickest time of 1’32.882 on the combination of the medium compound slicks front and rear to finish 0.222 seconds ahead of Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone in second place, who set his time on the same combination as Marquez. Third quickest today was Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo whose best time of 1’33.424 – set on the medium front and hard compound rear - was just over half a second off Marquez’s benchmark time.

Light rain fell throughout the day at Indianapolis but track temperatures – which reached a peak of 38°C - were warm enough to ensure the track surface remained completely dry for both of today’s practice sessions. In the morning session almost every rider ventured out on track with their softer rear slick option; medium compound for the Factory Honda and Yamaha riders, and soft compound for the Ducati and Open-class riders, to evaluate the grip level of the new Indy tarmac. However, such was the grip available from the new track surface that some riders also evaluated their harder rear slick option in the first session and were able to lap extremely quickly using this option. All three front slick options were utilised today, although only Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa evaluated the hard compound front. At this stage of the race weekend the majority of riders prefer the medium compound front, which is a new addition to the tyre allocation at Indianapolis this year.

All slick options performed well on the first day of action at Indianapolis and with grip levels bound to change as more sessions are run, further evaluation in tomorrow’s practice sessions is needed for riders to determine their preferred race tyre combination.

Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
“The new tarmac at Indianapolis has improved the consistency of grip around the circuit which has made it easier for riders to get a feel of how their tyres are performing. Although we cannot make direct comparisons on lap times due to the change in track layout, the best time today was over five seconds quicker than the old circuit lap record, with the better interaction between the tarmac and tyre contributing to this improvement in pace. Our tyre allocation for this year has changed with the addition of the medium compound front slick and the riders were happy to have this new option at Indianapolis. Both our softer and harder rear slick options were evaluated by riders today and are performing well but with the grip level of the circuit improving in each session, tomorrow’s practice sessions will give a clearer indication on which tyre combinations the riders will use for the race.”


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