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Márquez aims for better race pace

Márquez aims for better race pace

Marc Márquez generated headlines by topping third practice for the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar, but admits that he is still lacking in consistency.

The 20-year-old rookie is the youngest rider on this year’s MotoGP™ grid, having joined Repsol Honda Team as the reigning Moto2™ World Champion.

“Practice today went pretty well - better than expected,” Márquez began, having pipped Jorge Lorenzo by one thousandth of a second. “I was very comfortable on the bike and this is the important thing. Our foundation isn't bad at all - we are improving in every session and working with Sunday's race in mind.

“What we are missing is a bit of pace and consistency. We will have to make the most of the 30 minutes that we have before qualifying tomorrow to improve those points.”

Teammate Dani Pedrosa has experienced a quiet weekend so far, ending the opening three practice sessions in sixth place overall, but is concentrating on Sunday.

“We improved a little today and are now further up the order,” he explains. “We are faster and entering corners better, but we’ve still got a way to go. We hope to gain a little rear grip, which would allow us to ride more comfortably.

“The times keep dropping with every session, but we are going to try to keep getting better and prepare for qualifying and the race. The track isn’t in good condition this year and I don’t think that this will change; maybe it will improve slightly as more laps are completed. However, this doesn’t mean making any big changes to the bike – just improving the setup for the conditions we have.”

Both Repsol men will proceed to Q2 qualifying on Saturday, when the top 12 riders will go head-to-head in the battle for pole position.

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