By Lisa Lewis
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez has a tougher time at the Spanish Grand Prix by his high standards, but put a positive spin on his weekend with a front row start for Sunday's home Jerez race.
Marquez, fresh from a debut premier-class win in Austin, managed to turn around his weekend after being outside of the top three places in all the practice sessions to bag the final front row start.
However the 20-year-old rookie, who had been fighting against his Moto2 lines around the circuit, played down his chances of a back-to-back wins.
“I don't think so!” replied Marquez, when asked if he can battle for another win on Sunday. “Anyway we will try to do our best. Today this front row is so important for us. I'm very happy because we had been struggling quite a lot at this circuit”.
The Spaniard also did better than he thought possible and was positive for the race itself, having experienced a crash in FP4 and early in Q2 but bouncing back to start side-by-side with his team-mate Dani Pedrosa.
Marquez stated he had been expecting “a tough and difficult weekend” but “had a very good qualifying session. I was close and it was better than I expected.”
He also acknowledged his competition for the weekend adding: “I know that Dani and Lorenzo are one step ahead at the moment, but I will still try to give one-hundred percent and ride my own race.”
Like all riders, Marquez expects tyres to be an issue in the “hard, hot and very demanding” conditions.
Marquez goes into round three tied for the lead in the Championship with pole-sitter Jorge Lorenzo
after one race win each so far this season.