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Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez looks ahead to the Qatar GP and explains why it is so different in his latest blog.
Last week was very busy. We had some commitments to fulfil with the sponsors and, of course, we had to train hard. We did manage to take a bit of time to rest here and there, but only just enough!
These last few days have been strange because my brother Alex was in Qatar so I had to train alone. Honestly, when I’m in Cervera it’s strange to train without him. I did have some time to do some cycling though. In the photo you can see one of my favourite cycling races in Cervera, the Hinvernal BTT, which I do every year.
On Tuesday we’re heading to Doha and we won’t get there until the evening. The thing I like the most about this first race is that I can spend the morning with the team, go for a swim and relax; it’s a GP at a totally different pace.
We don’t go to the circuit until lunchtime. It’s nice to start the World Championship like this because you’re rested and ready for action when you get to the circuit. Jet lag isn’t too much of a problem in Qatar either.
We’re at a hotel here in Doha, as you know. It takes us 20 minutes to get from there to the circuit by car. There’s sometimes a bit of traffic on the way there, but there’s usually not too much on the way back because it’s quite early in the morning. The city seems to change every year, we never take the same route two years running because there are always works somewhere! You have to pay really close attention if you don’t want to get lost in the city.
The first thing we have to do for the GP is get the bike ready, to make sure we stay competitive for the whole season. The next thing is to get the best possible result in this first race. Let’s hope we do a lot better than we did last year! It won’t be easy but we want to kick off the season on the podium.
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