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Marc Marquez admits he will struggle to finish Sunday’s race in Jerez due to the pain from his broken finger.
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez battled through the pain barrier caused by his broken little finger and netted a front row spot for tomorrow’s twenty seven lap race, starting in second.
Temperatures rose again today in Andalusia to 31ºC and the Jerez track hit 48ºC. In this afternoon’s FP4, Marc had a small crash in the first turn – losing the front – but escaped unhurt. The team worked hard to have both bikes ready for qualifying and Marc was able to make the most of the 15-minute session. He recorded his time of 1’38.300 on his final flying lap, placing him second on the grid.
"We knew it would be hard work to get onto the front row. That was the goal and we succeeded, so I am very happy about that, but we also know that tomorrow will be a difficult race and it will be hard to finish the 27 laps. On the other hand, today I was able to ride without painkillers and tomorrow I will be using them. We had prepared three sets of tyres to use in the qualifying session, however, after the crash, I preferred not to push things and we used just the two - but we could not make it onto pole."
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