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MotoGP, Marquez will not settle: at Losail another step forward is needed

The Spaniard: "I need to try to adapt the Honda even more to my riding style", Pedrosa: "All efforts will be focused on the race"

MotoGP: Marquez will not settle: at Losail another step forward is needed


Final exam before the season opener. Up to now, Honda has not gotten anything wrong and for the Losail tests, schedule to begin tomorrow morning at 10 GMT, they will once again be seeking confirmation after the results of Sepang and Buriram. The 2018 season could not have started better and Marc Marquez is well aware: “I am satisfied with our preseason – the Spaniard commented – We started a bit better than last year, but we must stay focused on the work that needs to be done.”

So, the six-time world champion is keeping his feet planted firmly on the ground: “Now we need to reconfirm everything in Qatar – he advised – It is a particular track and certainly not simple. We are still working on the new engine, as well as on the setup, to adapt it to my riding style – he added – In Thailand we took a step forward with respect to Malaysia and now we want to take another in Losail.”

Then the Honda rider gave a general overview of the situation: “Up to now, our efforts have been focused on rhythm and race pace – he pointed out – so we will try to continue our work and prepare for the first challenge of the season.”

On the other side of the garage, Dani Pedrosa is also seeking confirmation: “The first two tests were held in particularly hot locations, so it is good to test on tracks where the climate is a bit cooler too – the Honda rider said – Unfortunately, a lot of sand kicks up here, so we’ll have to be very careful. Our goal will be to work in view of the race in order to arrive ready to go.”

In the final hour of Saturday, the Losail track will be wetted down to allow the riders to lap in the wet: “Last year we had to deal with the rain, so they asked us riders for our opinion –Pedrosa recalled – We’ll see what the sensations will be in order to then express an opinion.”

Translated by Jonathan Blosser

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