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Marquez discusses Ducati performance

Marquez discusses Ducati performance

The reigning MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez comments on the blistering pace of the Ducati GP15 in Qatar.

The big talking point from the first two days of the final preseason test at the Losail International Circuit has been the exhilarating performance of the new Ducati GP15, which has topped the timesheets on both days.

The Italian factory team currently have access to the “softer” tyre option available to Open class teams or any manufacturer who has not achieved a race win in dry conditions since the 2013 season, of which Ducati fall into the latter category.

So far Ducati haven’t actually used the softer tyre option during the Qatar test, and Marquez thinks he knows why, as he said jokingly: “I believe they’re not using the extra-soft tyre to avoid creating a scare, because their lap-times would quickly drop by one second!”

Ducati would be immediately stripped of this concession should they achieve 3 race wins during this season, something that Marquez thinks will have a big impact on the championship: “At the end of the day, it's clear that our rivals are the Yamaha riders and Dani (Pedrosa) - they are our rivals for the championship. At some specific point, the Ducati will be there at the front but they have this 'handicap' of losing some of their advantages if they get good results, so yeah, I know who my rivals are and who I have to keep a close eye on.”


MotoGP, 2015, QATAR MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Ducati Team

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