MotoGP: Marquez: 'First laps are important'

Published: 12 November 2016

Marc Marquez has said he will need to be particularly fast in the opening of tomorrow’s race if he’s any chance of beating the dominant Jorge Lorenzo.

Lorenzo has decimated the opposition so far this weekend, topping both FP1 and FP2 before going on to shatter his own outright lap record to take pole position in this afternoon’s qualifying session.

While Marquez topped FP3 and four, the Spaniard acknowledges he faces a difficult task if he’s to stop Lorenzo saying goodbye to Yamaha with one of his trademark lights to flag victory. 

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“Jorge has been very strong from FP1, it looks like he has a very good pace,” he said. “I need to pay a lot of attention on the start and try to follow him. I need to push in the first laps especially as if we lose two seconds it will be difficult to recover.

“Today he was a step ahead of us, especially with the new tyres, and I congratulate him for the time he set. Regarding the tyre choice for the race, we’ll see tomorrow: I feel good enough with the soft rear but we think it may not last the race. This morning we were quite good with the harder option as well, so let’s wait and see.”

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