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Marquez: “Warm Up will be important”

Reigning Champion takes a front row start after QP cancelled in Qatar

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) will start the #QatarGP from P3, after qualifying and FP4 at Losail International Circuit were cancelled due to track conditions. Following the decision, Warm Up on Sunday will now be 30 minutes long, to give the grid more time to prepare for lights out.

Rain, rain, more rain and then standing water made the conditions too risky to ride in – but Marquez is happy enough with a front row and ready to race tomorrow, hoping the weather stays stable.

Marquez: "The positive thing is that we start on the front row"

Marc Marquez, P3: “Today it’s important because it’s time to prepare for the race. For us, yesterday we tried a lot of things. On the first day I felt good with one base, yesterday I tried a lot of things and today was the time to look at it all and prepare for the race. But it’s the weather and we can’t do anything. It’s too dangerous because it’s been heavy rain all night and this morning so we’ll see tomorrow. Starting on the front row for me is a good result – it’s not the best way to achieve it – but it’s a good result and tomorrow we’ll try to fight for the podium. Warm Up will be important – but here we’ve done more than 300 laps this weekend, and during the test. Everyone knows what the possibilities are for the race – and we know a podium would be a great result for us. I don’t know if the grip will change a lot for us tomorrow or not. I think for us in MotoGP the grip will be ok because before we have the Moto3 and Moto2 races. But I hope they can dry the track, and that the weather keeps stable until tomorrow – and we’ll see how the grip is. We can find the feeling again, and then start the season well.”