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Marquez: ‘Tyre management will be key for race’

Marquez: ‘Tyre management will be key for race’

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has claimed his third successive pole in as many races, continuing his perfect start to the 2014 season in Argentina, but he knows that the points are only awarded on race day.

Marquez recorded his fastest lap of 1’37.683s on lap five of six in Q2 and finished 0.742s faster than second placed rival Jorge Lorenzo.

“Today I really felt good on the bike and I am happy to have taken pole position,” stated Marquez. “In the morning and in FP4, we worked a lot with the used tyre and this afternoon we obviously focused on qualifying. I put in a very good lap and I am happy.”

Looking ahead he added, “I think that tomorrow it will be interesting to see which tyre will be required for the race, because there are various options for both the front and the rear - it is going to be a difficult choice. One of the keys for the race will be tyre management, in order to try to get to the end with optimal grip - which will allow us to make the difference.”

His teammate Dani Pedrosa will be aiming for one of his trademark strong starts on Sunday from third on the grid. Pedrosa recorded his fastest lap of 1’38.651 on lap seven of eight in the 15 minute Q2 showdown.

He reflected, “Qualifying did not go perfectly. I wasn't as fast as I wanted to be and I know that I made a few mistakes, especially on the final corner, which hindered me a lot. However, I'm happy, because the important thing is that we had some good practice sessions. We are high up the grid for tomorrow, so we’ll try to make the most of this and have a good race.”


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