Marc Marquez: “I chose the best, Dani Pedrosa”
Dani Pedrosa, retired Honda team-mate of Marc Marquez, had a strong performance in his second wild-card appearance for KTM. Marquez, starting in 21st place, needed a tow to break into the top ten and chose Pedrosa to follow. Pedrosa finished the session in third and Marquez in sixth. With HRC seeming uninterested in offering Pedrosa a testing contract, Marquez commented that the most important aspect of a test rider is the engineers, citing Aprilia and Ducati as examples. Marquez started practice with different setups, choosing his own at Misano, while other Honda riders initially chose Stefan Bradl’s setup but later switched. Marquez will test a 2024 prototype developed by Bradl on Monday. The other Honda riders had lower rankings on Friday.