Repsol Honda Team look to put Saturday learnings toward Sunday improvements

Iker Lecuona continues steps forward as Marc Marquez battles through limitations on reserved Dutch GP Saturday.

Complications continued for Marc Marquez on Saturday as he saved himself for the key moments of the day. The eight-time World Champion had already identified Q1 as the first critical point of the day and prepared to go all out in the second half of the session. His chances of a transfer spot would be dashed when he and Enea Bastianini made contact in the final minutes of the session. Unharmed in the fall, Marquez lined up in 17th for the Sprint race.

A strong start to the shorter race quickly saw the #93 make up positions and close in on the top ten in the opening laps. As the race went on, the pain from his cracked second rib limited Marquez’s ability to ride as he would have liked and he ultimately finished in 17th.

Iker Lecuona continued to make great forward progress across his second day in the Netherlands. Ending Friday with a best time of 1’33.720, the 23-year-old would make improvements of almost 0.7s come Qualifying. A 1’33.088 saw him take 22nd on the grid, ahead of Jonas Folger and under a tenth from HRC Test Rider Stefan Bradl. Lecuona and team were pleased with the improvements made as they lined up for the 13-lap Sprint race.

Consistent laps from the start saw the Team HRC WorldSBK regular immediately move clear of Folger and hold his own to the end of the race. Earning 20th at the line, Lecuona is buoyed by the progress made and is eager for another run on Sunday.

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