The pole got away by a hair. Marc Marquez dreamed of riding his Honda to the first spot on the grid, but instead he had to reckon with the Yamaha ridden by Johann Zarco who stole the limelight. The number 93 rider will therefore start alongside him, ready to attack.
“I am happy with this result since a year ago we struggled on this track, whereas now it is all different – the Spaniard began – Unfortunately, in qualifying I made mistakes on every lap. Plus, the tyres deteriorated during the session and the first lap was the good one.”
There were several crashes in Le Mans.
“There is a lot of grip here – Marc analysed – so everyone pushes to the limit. The problem is that when the tyre wears, you drift aggressively.”
Attention then shifts to the challenge with Zarco.
“Johann has the experience it takes to handle the pressure – the six-time world champion pointed out – The same is true for me in Spain, although on our home tracks we are different riders. In this case, since it is his home race, I hope that he doesn’t handle it too well and that he feels it (joking).”
There was, of course, a comment on the crash.
“I saw that there was a bit of damage on the fairing – he recalled – The fact is that there wasn’t much time left, so I tried to push. In any case, we managed to make it and the second place is a good result anyway.”
Number 93’s face is brimming with a certain confidence.
“We have improved compared to past years – he admitted – but I must also say that we are not as competitive as on other tracks like Jerez and the times of the other Hondas confirm this. Tomorrow we’ll try to push and do a good race anyway.”