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24 days ago
By Repsol Honda Team

Marquez: “I’m gradually regaining strength”

Reigning World Champion recovering from illness ahead of race day

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has had a tough week since leaving the Australian GP, as the 2016 World Champion is suffering with gastroenteritis and even sat out Friday afternoon’s track action. Back on the bike on Saturday, Marquez has good pace in the wet and dry during FP3 and Q2, and took an impressive P4 start despite his health struggles. With another day to recover before the lights go out for the race, Marquez is aiming for the podium – and full fitness.

Marc Marquez (P4): Today has been a good day; I feel rather better than yesterday, thanks to the doctors, and that's important. I am gradually regaining strength and I’m sure tomorrow I will be better still. In the morning, in the dry, I felt good. In the afternoon, as we missed yesterday’s session in the wet, we felt it a little. However, in FP4 I felt pretty good, although for Q2 I still wanted to do better and for that reason we made a couple of changes to the setup – which didn’t end up working as we were hoping for. Anyway I think that in both dry and wet conditions we are ready to fight for the podium.”

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