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Marquez: “My hand has not got worse”

Marquez: “My hand has not got worse”

Marc Marquez’s hand withstood brutal punishment during Qualifying for the Motul Grand Prix of Japan as he claims third.

A close battle in Qualifying saw Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez withstand the pain in his hand to end Q2 in third and within half a second of pole position. Heading into the intense 15-minute battle, Marquez kept his expectation realistic as he was fully aware that his hand was limiting his performance. The condition of his hand has remained consistent during the weekend and in each session the Spaniard has been able to push his target and drop his times closer to those of the leading riders. His third position is an improvement on his 2014 Qualifying when he was only able to manage fourth, when fully fit.

The Movistar Yamaha pair of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi will be difficult to catch during Sunday’s race, his hand injury may play a great role then as Marquez pushes for 24 laps around the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. Marquez is hoping for rain tomorrow, a wet race reduces the forces when braking and may allow him to be closer to the Yamaha duo. Improvements to bike setting still need to be made during Warm Up, but the young Spaniard is pleased with the work he and his have done so far.

Marc Marquez: “Today has been another difficult day, but it is important for tomorrow that my hand has not got worse and has remained quite stable. I'm happy, because on a single lap, with new tyres, we were able to achieve a good time and improve on the target we had set ourselves, which was to start from the second row. However, we must be realistic and if it does not rain tomorrow, both Jorge and Valentino are one step ahead and we will be fighting for third place. We are working on the setup of the bike, but it seems that we’re finding it hard to find a good compromise. We are getting closer and I am very happy with all the work the team are doing."

MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Q2, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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