Marquez fully confident despite late crash

marquez review qualifying at laguna
Saturday, 20 July 2013

Marc Marquez will start his first Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix from second position on the grid. The Repsol Honda Team rider and championship leader topped three of the four practice sessions at Laguna Seca but was caught out and crashed towards the end of Q2.

With a best lap of 1’21.193, Marquez missed out to LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl by just 17 thousandths of a second. Nevertheless, the 20-year-old and reigning Moto2™ World Champion heads into Sunday’s 32-lap race with confidence.

“On the first tyre, maybe I was able to be a bit faster, but when I tried it I lost the front,” Marquez recalled. “On the first tyre I pushed but maybe not to my limit, and then on the second I pushed but maybe too early. Already on the first lap I tried to push because I felt like the grip was quite good.”

Explaining his Q2 crash at Turn 6 in further detail, the Spaniard continued:

“I went in a little bit faster and then lost the front as soon as I touched the gas. Anyway, I am happy, the rhythm is good, I feel so good on the bike and we are working well. The race is tomorrow and I think we can have a good result.”

Marquez has finished on the podium in seven of the first eight Grands Prix this season, celebrating victories in both Austin, Texas at the Sachsenring last weekend.

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