2018 MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez said that the grip was so good in the wet around the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia that he was still getting his elbow down, despite the heavy rain.
Finishing the day second fastest to Pramac Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci on the opening day, monsoon like conditions made the opening day of the weekend tough for all riders. Despite the amount of standing water, the Repsol Honda rider said the grip was so good; he was able to get his elbow down in the conditions.
“Of course here it’s one of the circuits that I enjoy and I’m riding in a good way,” said the seven time World Champion.
“But today Valencia circuit has very good drainage and the grip is very good so even though it was rainy conditions the grip was amazing. Sometimes we were riding with the elbows in some corners.
“It was important to adapt really quick on the different conditions because sometimes you go out and there was less water. Then there was heavy rain on the track.
“So I predict if Sunday is wet, as it looks like, Yamaha and Ducati will be very strong. When they have very good grip they are able to be there and they will be there.
“Today the plan was try all the tyres. We only have soft and medium on the rear. We did many laps on the soft rear tyre. About the quantity, we need to adjust and be very precise because we don’t have a lot of soft tyres. So we try the rear, the medium rear. I didn’t like it because there was too much risk.”