Today, Marquez may have felt old for the first time, after Quartararo robbed him of his record of youngest poleman in MotoGP history. "I didn't even remember it belonged to me," Marc smiled. "I'm happy for Fabio, but only because it's Saturday. Starting tomorrow, I'll try to stop him so that he doesn't take any other first places from me."
Marc didn't expect him to finish that way in qualifying, behind the two Yamaha satellites.
"I didn't expect to find these two riders in front of me. They rode really strong," he complimented them. “Actually, when the temperatures dropped, I felt a bit worried about the qualifying session because the times level out in Jerez when it’s cool. I tried to use three rear tires, but the front suffered too much, and I wasn't able to improve."
This didn't stop Marquez from congratulating himself with the Frenchman.
"I've been following him since he's been racing in the CEV, and it was immediately clear that he had talent," he said. "But he had a career almost opposite to mine. I've always been in a team with a nice atmosphere, and I moved from one class to another when I felt ready. Fabio, on the other hand, has often changed teams, and first went to Moto2, then MotoGP when I didn't expect it. Now he's in the premier class. He's proven to be fast and, with experience, he can only improve.”
Marc doesn't even exclude him from the fight for the victory tomorrow, but he knows that he's still the favorite.
"I feel ready to fight for the win," he admitted. "I'm happy with this day because I was able to work on the tires for the race. Who will be my rivals? Dovizioso has a great pace and knows how to run a race. Fabio and Franco are starting up front, so they'll be there. It's difficult to say much else because Jerez is a short track and, in 25 laps, we'll have to remain very concentrated."