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Marquez: “I’m still not quite as fast as Jorge”

Marquez: “I’m still not quite as fast as Jorge”

Despite qualifying in second for the French GP, Marc Marquez remains wary of Jorge Lorenzo’s pace.

The Repsol Honda rider had been chasing Lorenzo throughout practice, but just could not quite find the pace to record what would have bee his fifth pole position in a row at Le Mans.

Marquez started slowly in Q2, going on to set his fastest time on his penultimate lap, a 1’32.416. This was good enough to secure second and his 16th consecutive front row start, but he was still 0.441s off the pace of pole man Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). The Spaniard holds a 17-point advantage in the standings over Lorenzo and his aim will be to try and extend this in Sunday’s race, which is scheduled to begin at 14:00 Local Time in Le Mans.

Marc Marquez: “I was able to set a good lap today, but it wasn’t perfect. At first with the new tyre I found it hard to get the same feeling I had with used tyres and the bike moved about a lot when I tried to push more. At the end I changed my riding style a little and set two pretty good laps that helped me to fulfil my main objective, which was to get on the front row. I think the pace that I have isn’t bad, and in the last free practice I felt comfortable, although I’m still not quite as fast as Jorge [Lorenzo]. We’ll see what weather we have tomorrow and what the track temperature is for the race, and try to manage things as best we can.”

MotoGP, 2016, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Q2, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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