A Saturday at Misano that was certainly not easy for Marc Marquez between falls and saves that compromised his performance. Tomorrow, at 2 pm, the Honda rider will start from the seventh box of the third row with Lecuona’s KTM at his side.
In qualifying, Marc had to settle, making up for a gap of eight tenths from Pecco Bagnaia’ Ducati.
“I wasn’t able to take advantage of the situation today,” he commented. “Qualifying practically started during free practice. In the FP4, I decided to use the slicks, in order to immediately find the right confidence but, unfortunately, I ended up falling on a wet patch. Then there was the save in the Q2 that, besides making me waste time, also made me lose confidence. In fact, when I took off, I didn’t have the sensations I was hoping for and, in the end, the lap that you all saw happened. It wasn’t bad, but I certainly could’ve done more.”
Marc speaks about another move that captured the attention of his fans.
“To tell you the truth, I didn’t even like it, since I prefer other types of saves. This was more luck than anything else. Doing one with my elbow would have been different. That maneuver then caused me pain in my arm, since I’m on the path towards recovery. I suffered for about thirty seconds, even if it didn’t limit me. My arm is gradually improving. It’s still there. There are still some months to go, but the important thing is that it’s improving.”
Magic Marc then takes stock of this weekend.
“I’m not here to fight for the win or for the podium. I hope to finish in the top five and get some good feelings. Unfortunately, with the cold asphalt, we struggle more than we should, since we can’t get the rear tire up to temperature right away. Which, on the other hand, doesn’t happen when we race in the heat, where we manage to be competitive immediately. So we’ll see what happens tomorrow in the event it increases. In these conditions, you risk when you don’t have speed. I might be starting third, but I’m in the position of Misano one. When it’s dry, we’re not ready to fight for the podium, but I’ll try to be in the top five.”