“Since the surgery I feel really good, my arm felt quite good. It’s still painful – right now it is just a matter of getting used to the pain”
As the flag fell, it looked as if Dovizioso had done enough but Quartararo had saved his best until last as he clocked his hot lap, dropping the Italian to second as LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider Takaaki Nakagami finished third.
At a track where he took his first ever Moto2 win last year, Quartararo refused to get carried away on his day one success. “First of all we still have a lot of work to do in the morning,” he said.
“Of course we will do our best to be on the first row but at the moment our goal is to be in the first three rows. We want to be going into the Q2 directly and then we will see if we can get a good qualifying.”
After his frustrating home round at Mugello two weeks ago, Dovizioso was last night feeling upbeat about his chances, but warned there is still a fair bit of work to do today.
“It’s always very difficult here because the grip is very low and with the layout of the track it’s not easy to manage the tyres, but everyone is struggling,” he said.
“But the speed is there and the feeling was good from the beginning which is important.
“We’re still trying tyres so it will be important to try and make the right choice. We still have to improve the feeling a little bit on the front but I’m happy.”
Marquez ended the second session 17th overall but his time from the morning was quick enough to keep him in the all-important top 10 overnight.
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