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MotoGP, Márquez has no doubts: "Iannone favourite for the win"

The Spanish protagonist of the Phillip Island qualifiers: "I won the seventh title, but the adrenaline in me is the same as always"

MotoGP: Márquez has no doubts: "Iannone favourite for the win"

Rain, wet or mixed conditions don’t much matter. Indeed, because this Marc Márquez is, as always, a certainty. Despite the drops of rain that feel just before the qualifiers, number 93 made no calculations, bringing home career pole 79. This is his fifth in Australia, just like Casey Stoner.   

It was complicated figuring out how and when to push since the average speed here is almost 200 km/h - Marc analysed - I saw, in any case, that I had a good pace, even with the second tyres. During the weekend, however, there were various crashes, so we’ll need to take care.”

Honda has definitely made clear progress since Friday.

All the Hondas have problems, but we have managed to take important steps forward – number 93 pointed out – We are practically all at the same level, although Iannone is still the fastest. So, we’ll have to see, since there are various aspects to assess.”

Despite being crowned with his seventh title at Motegi, Marc has no intention of dropping his guard.

“I feel exactly like any other weekend and with the same adrenaline – he commented – I don’t want to forget that the manufacturer title is still up for grabs and there are a lot of other milestones to achieve.”

The Spaniard will start from pole position, but Marc is keen to reiterate that another rider is the favourite.

“Iannone is fastest in terms of pace. In the race, everything will depend on the start. Last year, the riders used the soft tyre, but with the hard you could go all the way straight away. Obviously, there are many other aspects to assess as well though.”

At Phillip Island, the weather is, as always, a question mark and in safety commission yesterday, the riders took the opportunity to look to the future.

Changing the race time could be interesting – Marc explained – but I am sure that there would still be crashes since the weather here is particular, as always. In any case, we asked to have some grass removed on a few sections because it is dangerous.”

This season, Marc held the Spanish flag high in the World Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing Championship. Therefore, there was, of course, a question on whether or not he feels like a legend the likes of Rafa Nadal for his country.

“I don’t want to compare myself to these legends. I say this because I still have several years ahead, and I am not like that as a person – he pointed out – Maybe when I’m retired, I’ll think about it.

The final comment had to do with the Moto3 challenge for the title between Bezzecchi and Martin.

If I have to make a prediction, I’d say Martin, because he has more speed. Both riders are certainly fast, but they made too many mistakes this season.”


Translated by Jonathan Blosser

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