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Marquez: “Two weeks ago we were one second off the pace”

Marquez: “Two weeks ago we were one second off the pace”

Massive improvements over race weekend see Marc Marquez go from struggling to end in the top ten to finishing third in the race.

After several difficult tests, Marc Marquez turned his fortunes around on race day as he produced a spirited and race long podium challenge. The Repsol Honda Team rider started second on the grid but a poor start saw him down in fifth at the end of the first lap. Slowly he upped his pace and gained on the leaders, overtaking rival Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) on lap three before being promoted to a podium place thanks to Andrea Iannone’s (Ducati Team) unfortunate crash. Marquez had opted for the hard front tyre and harder option rear, fearing his wild riding style would destroy the softer option tyres.

Much of Marquez’s race was spent in third behind Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), the Italian’s Ducati having the power advantage down the straight. Dovizoso’s highest speed of the race was 349.8km/h, averaging 345km/h, while Marquez’s RC213V managed a top speed of 342.7km/h with an average of around just 340km/h. This allowed Dovizioso to almost always regain or extend his advantage over Marquez as soon as the two made it to the end of the kilometre long straight. The Repsol Honda Team man moved ahead with four laps to go, but Dovizioso was able to blow past and Marquez could not respond in the final corner. Despite second being a possibility, Marquez remains pleased with third after recent struggles.

Marc Marquez: “I’m happy with this third place because I know that we gave our all and just two weeks ago we were one second off the pace compared to the other guys on the podium. I want to thank Honda and my team for all the hard work they are doing. The race was faster than we expected and we had a great weekend, because we got 100% out of our performance at a circuit that we find hard. I spent much of the race behind Dovizioso because I couldn't pass him, and it was difficult to make up the ground lost with his better acceleration on the straight. Whenever I got close, I'd lose him again. Although I knew it would be difficult, I made another attempt with 4 laps remaining -but he overtook me on the last lap. I tried again in the last corner but it wasn't possible. I hope that the circuits coming up on the calendar favour us a little more."

MotoGP, 2016, COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, RAC, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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