Marquez tops MotoGP timesheets on opening day at Brno

21-year-old Marc Marquez carries a 10-race win streak into the Czech Republic.

MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez was Friday’s quickest rider in the Czech Republic with his best lap of 1:56.803 in FP1, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. The rain arrived later and the riders spent FP2 refining their wet setups.

Undefeated thus far in his title defense season, Marquez was quickest on the overall Friday timesheets, with all the riders setting their best laps in FP1 as the rain fell just as FP2 got underway. In the morning session Lorenzo and Pedrosa trailed Marquez by just 0.037s and 0.052s respectively.

Behind the front three, it was Aleix Espargaro and Valentino Rossi also in the top five. Rossi is set to make his 245th GP start in the premier class on Sunday, equaling Alex Barros who currently holds the record for most starts in the top class of Grand Prix racing.

Friday’s fastest top ten was completed by Stefan Bradl, Andrea Dovizioso, Yonny Hernandez, Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith.

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In FP2 Andrea Iannone topped the timesheet ahead of Hector Barbera with 2:03.179 and 2:04.462 times, as they got laps in on dry setups before the rain fell. Barbera crashed just before the FP2 session concluded, as the Spaniard started his 200th GP weekend.

Marquez, Pedrosa, Rossi, Crutchlow and Lorenzo were the fastest five riders in the wet afternoon conditions.

For the combined times from Friday’s free practice sessions click here.

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