Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo are both relishing the prospect of a head-to-head fight for victory in tomorrow’s British Grand Prix after qualifying first and second this afternoon. Marquez broke the lap record on his way to a magnificent pole position but doesn’t expect to necessarily have the same advantage on race day.
“In qualifying I did a really good lap, not the perfect lap, but we were vary fast just like last year, more than half a second ahead so we can be happy about that. Jorge is also strong so we need to be concentrated for tomorrow and if it’s dry, we are ready to fight for the victory but Jorge is obviously really strong, Dani is also fast and we know Valentino is a Sunday man so we know he will be faster”.
Given Marquez’s pace over a single lap, Lorenzo was also satisfied with the outcome and expects to be a much bigger threat over race distance.
“I’m really satisfied with second place as I gave everything on these two laps. I knew making the pole position was very hard because Marc and others are very close on one single lap but my lap was good enough to stay on the first row and that was the goal. I think if we can improve the small details for tomorrow, we can also have a good pace.”
Inevitably, memories of their battles in the last two Silverstone meetings weren’t too far away in this afternoon’s press conference but both riders kept their cards close to their chest when asked what they had learned from those battles.
“Every race is different”, commented Marquez. “It depends on how you feel on the bike and how you managed the life of the tyre during the race. In 2013, Lorenzo beat me and last year I was able beat him but every race is different so we must be ready.”
Lorenzo was also cautious, saying “we both learned the same lesson, to close the space, but it’s difficult to do without losing space for the next corners. Let’s see tomorrow how the pace is.” The race couldn’t be poised any better and if history tells us anything, the two Spaniards are set to provide a thrilling spectacle.