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Marquez: “It was not the easiest FP1 I've ridden in”

Marquez: “It was not the easiest FP1 I've ridden in”

The 2016 MotoGP™ World Championship got off to a less than ideal start for Marc Marquez who struggled down in eighth.

Even before the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar began, Marc Marquez and his Repsol Honda Team crew knew it would be an uphill battle as they were still not on the same technical level as many of their rivals. From the 15 laps he completed during the opening session, Marquez was able to set a best time of 1’56.258 and end the session down in eighth place and 0.818s back on the leading rider. There were no Honda machines inside the top five as Dani Pedrosa was the leading Honda, seventh and 0.160s ahead of Marquez. The Losail International Circuit has always been a difficult track for the RC213V, the technical changes making it even more demanding.

While Honda may be behind they are not slacking and everyone at the track and back in Japan continues to work to improve the results. Honda were one of the few manufactures to bring new upgrades for the first race, the factory riders briefly running with new slightly bigger winglets, having first used smaller ones in the Qatar Test. Friday is a new day and offers Marquez and his team two more sessions to experiment as they attempt to improve their current situation, the double MotoGP™ World Champion remains positive.

Marc Marquez: “Today the 2016 season started for real. It was not the easiest FP1 I've ridden in, but we tried to improve gradually. The feeling was not very good, but we worked hard and we tried a lot of things out, so now we have to see what has changed between the test and today. We know that in Qatar the track conditions change a lot, so we will try to continue to evolve and get close to the top riders."

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