Marc Marquez was delighted to overcome such tricky conditions on his way to a tenth pole position of 2014 at Silverstone. The world champion coped best with cooler temperatures and the increasingly bumpy surface and although he hopes for warmer weather tomorrow, he is pleased with the performance of his RC213V whatever happens.
“Qualifying was difficult, especially for the front tyre which was difficult to get temperature into. I was a little bit afraid to push on the first lap but the positive thing is that we have good rhythm, I feel good with the bike and we’ve improved over the bumps. For tomorrow, I hope for a sunny day and of course I’ll be trying to fight for the victory.”
The day wasn’t without its problems for Marquez with a crash halting his progress during FP3. The 21 year old later explained the cause of the slip-up and also feels it will serve as a helpful warning for tomorrow’s race.
“The problem there is you try to push more and more because the speed is not so high. I saw that I was too fast and tried to stop with the front brake but lost the front. I know for tomorrow that I need to safer and slower at that corner”.
Marquez was also involved in a close shave in final practice, narrowly avoiding a collision with Jorge Lorenzo at Village, but the Repsol Honda rider dismissed it as nothing more than a misunderstanding.
“I was pushing and I saw Jorge slow down but I was already at the braking point and I thought that he would slow down completely. Of course, he couldn’t go any more to the inside but I tried to do my normal line and when I saw it was too close, I closed the gas because I’d already lost the lap.”