Marquez Confident Despite Ducati Dominance


Marc Marquez is satisfied with the performance of his Repsol Honda RC213V on a single lap and over race distances despite being outpaced by the Ducati team on both days of the Qatar pre-season test. Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso topped days one and two respectively with Marquez the only rider offering any kind of threat but the world champion is comfortable with the position he currently finds himself in.

“I’m happy that we improved our fastest lap, but above all I’m pleased with our overall pace, which is the most important thing. We have also gained confidence with the front end – thanks to a change to the geometry – which was something we had been finding difficult at this circuit. Tomorrow we will continue our programme, focusing on the rear in order to see if we can find more grip, but the overall verdict is positive so far and I feel confident.”

Dani Pedrosa was sixth fastest on Sunday, four places behind his teammate, and the 29 year old was equally upbeat although he does see areas the team need to improve in.

“Today we were able to improve our pace, put in some good laps and be more consistent, which is positive. We also worked on the front end of the bike with a new fork, trying to improve the feeling and corner entry. Tomorrow we will work on the rear, to see if we can find a bit more grip. That is an important factor at this track, because you spent a lot of time leaned over and I’m sure that any improvement would be notable.”