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It looked like it was enough to take pole, but Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez was just pipped to the post in qualifying at the TT Circuit Assen as Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) crossed the line to take his first pole position. Marquez remains positive despite losing out on that, however, saying the goal was never pole specifically - it was more to start at the front and ‘be there’. And he certainly feels he is, come rain or shine.
Marc Marquez, P2: “Today was one of those days you have to be smart and be there. I mean you need to be on the front row or second row, not lose too many positions in qualifying and start well tomorrow. We didn’t do anything special but we’re there and that’s important. It was important for us to start in front, as a minimum because it looks like the Yamahas have good pace. I don’t feel so bad in the dry either, so in both conditions I feel ready. Zarco is a surprise but not a big surprise, he’s a very good rider and was close to the front in Le Mans. So I look forward to following him tomorrow and trying to keep up…”
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