Ryder Notes: The Cheshire Cat
by julian ryder, on the ground in the uk, thanks
Saturday, August 30, 2014

Still doesn't look like Marc Marquez has suffered any permanent damage from his Czech GP loss. He did describe himself today as being 'a little bit angry' about not standing on the rostrum. As he said it he was grinning like a Cheshire Cat and holding a thumb and forefinger about a centimeter apart. And yes, he's on pole tomorrow. By over 0.3sec from Andrea Dovizioso who has now put the Ducati second on the grid for the third race running.

It was another little masterpiece of race craft. On the first exit he latched onto Lorenzo who, as usual, was waiting at the end of pit lane when the lights went green. The first flying lap in Jorge's draft put Dovi on provisional pole. He then sat out most of the session before re-emerging and going faster, this time on his own, to secure second on the grid behind Marquez and in front of Lorenzo, who was in a significantly better temper than yesterday.

Yet again Scott Redding impressed, running as high as sixth in final qualifying before being shuffled back to eleventh, equaling his season's best from Indy.

Nobody seemed quite as obsessed with the track temperature as yesterday and it seems everyone is going to use the medium rear tyre tomorrow.

We're back to the old question. Who can beat Marc Marquez?


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