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Marquez returns from injury in 11th place

World Champion Marc Marquez and his teammate Dani Pedrosa each overcame a different set of problems to finish 11th and 6th respectively on the opening day of the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar.

Marquez who climbed back aboard his RC213V for the first time in 6 weeks after breaking his leg, chose not to have any painkillers and managed an impressive 15 laps. He finished 11th for the night with a time of 1’56.682, 1.5s off the pace but knowing that he can improve over the weekend.

Marquez was upbeat as ever, "I am fairly happy with how the first session went, because I haven't been on the bike in a while. I didn’t think my foot would bother me so much - especially on the right hand corners - although at the end of the session I felt better and this gives me hope of improving tomorrow.”

He continued, “We are going to try to follow the same working strategy as today. In terms of the times, we aren't too far off Jorge (Lorenzo), Valentino (Rossi) and Dani - and it's normal that the riders who were here for the test a fortnight ago are fast right from the get-go.”

His teammate Pedrosa struggled with grip, despite being top factory bike, saying, "We had a few problems today with grip, which is something that some of the riders who rode here at the test two weeks ago had commented about before. There isn’t much grip on the track and that means we have to try to get the most out of the bike under these circumstances. We’ll see if the track improves with a little more rubber laid down, giving us more traction.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2014, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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