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Marquez: “Going out was an unnecessary risk”

2016 MotoGP™ World Champion talks shortened Day 1 at the rain-hit Island

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) had a solid first session in the tricky wet conditions of Friday at the Australian GP as he ended FP1 in P5 – and then moved into fourth in FP1 and on combined timesheets as Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) had his time deleted. Conditions then worsened, with the second session of the day stopped due to the torrential rain. Marquez hopes for a better weather on Day 2 – not least to enjoy the bike around the stunning venue in the dry after seeing all his title pressure evaporate after taking his third MotoGP™ crown.

Marc Marquez (P4): “Today has not been one of the most fun days of the year. We were hoping for a dry day to enjoy ourselves on the bike after the Japanese Grand Prix, but it has not been the case. Although it rained all day, in the morning we put in a few laps, but at the end of the session we had to stop because there was too much water on the track. This afternoon it was also raining, making it dangerous to ride, and that is why the red flag was shown. We decided not to go out because it was an unnecessary risk. Hopefully tomorrow the conditions will improve at least a little, so there will not be as much water on track, and we will continue to work for Sunday.”