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Marquez: “Our bike is quite sensitive to temperature"

Marquez: “Our bike is quite sensitive to temperature'

Rising temperatures upset Marc Marquez’s progress in Mugello, a small mistake in Q2 ending his chance of a front row.

Saturday at the Gran Premio d'Italia TIM started well for Marc Marquez as he recorded the second fastest time in Free Practice 3. In the afternoon track temperatures rose and his setup was no longer as competitive, Marquez ending FP4 down in seventh. Modifications were made to his Honda RC213V ahead of Q2 and the Repsol Honda Team rider was able to challenge for pole, under the 1’47 barrier immediately. He continued to push hard and had three red sectors on his last lap before a small slide ruined the lap.

His 1’46.759 sees Marquez start in fourth, his first time off the front row since the 2015 Catalan GP. In 2015 Marquez started down in 13th at Mugello but was sixth by the first corner, a second row start by no means a death sentence. With four different manufacturers inside the top four, Mugello is a track where anyone can shine and anyone could win on Sunday.

Marc Marquez: “I’m happy with how the day went. This morning I felt very comfortable, but in the second free-practice session of the day, the temperature rose and the setup we had didn’t work the same. It’s something that has already happened to us at other circuits this season, because our bike is quite sensitive to changes in temperature or the condition of the asphalt. We reacted in time and in the qualifying session we changed the setup, which worked out better. It’s a shame that on the last lap I made a mistake when I was improving my time, so tomorrow I’ll try to have a very good race in order to finish on the podium. It won’t be easy."

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, Q2, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Reaction

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