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Marquez sensing an attack from Rossi

Marquez sensing an attack from Rossi

Marc Marquez believes Valentino Rossi will be on searing form in Sunday’s 13th round of the MotoGP™ season at Misano. The Repsol Honda Team rider will start on pole position, with the nine-time champion coming from third place.

As Marquez cemented his sixth pole of 2013, Rossi made the front row for the second time. Although he was unable to explain the reasoning behind his sentiment, Marquez admitted shortly after qualifying that he expects a battle with the Italian on Sunday.

"I think Jorge and Valentino will be strong," Marquez began, having been followed by Rossi in Friday practice. "Especially Valentino will be very, very strong. I don’t know why, but I just sense that [laughs]! Jorge (Lorenzo, second on the grid) also; he will try to recover some points in the championship and we will try to be there."

Marquez’s teammate endured a less successful day en route to fourth place:

"Unfortunately, I had some problems with the tyres in FP4 and in qualifying. I had completely no grip. I lost an amount of time and nobody knew what was happening, so only on the last tyre I had some grip and was able to jump up – because (before that) I was tenth, or I don’t know what. Finally I got fourth place. The second row wasn’t my goal today, but things were not looking good."

Last year at Misano, Marquez triumphed from pole position in the Moto2™ race. Pedrosa had clinched the MotoGP™ pole, but - having suffered a problem which left him at the back of the grid - was taken out of the Grand Prix on the opening lap.

MotoGP, 2013, GP APEROL DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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