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Austin MotoGP: Marquez 'Difficult to maintain this gap'

"I think that it will be difficult to maintain this gap” – Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez led the way after opening practice at the Circuit of the Americas, the reigning MotoGP dominating the session to top the times by 0.9s from Aleix Espargaro.

Speaking to the media after the session the Spaniard admitted that he is still feeling the effects of his leg fracture during the winter:

"After Qatar I went to Kuala Lumpur and when I came back I felt a big drop [in strength]," said Marquez. "The muscle was tired and stiff and the fibula was also painful. I went to the doctor for a check-up but he said it was normal so I've worked hard with the physio. I feel a little bit better than in Qatar so that is the most important thing."

COTA is renowned as one of the most physical tracks on the MotoGP calendar with the opening section of the lap seeing riders forced to continuously change direction and put all of their strength into flipping the bike from left to right and back again.

When asked by just how much a challenge this was for him, Marquez admitted that even fully fit last year - when he took his debut MotoGP victory - he found it difficult:

"After only five laps I could feel that change of direction. Already, from a physical condition, last year it was one of the most difficult circuits to finish the race. When you start to push hard even in practice you can start to feel that you're getting tired."

The gap to Espargaro in second showed that while he is still feeling the effects of his injury is not affecting his ultimate speed on track.

With the adrenaline flowing he was able to set a scorching pace and while he believes that the rest of the field will close the gap, Marquez still feels that there is improvements to be made from his Repsol Honda:

"I think that it will be difficult to maintain this gap and it should be closer. Anyway, it's great to start with a good feeling in the bike. We've already found a good place on the setup so we'll try and work to improve it but for sure the others will improve as well."

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April 12, 2014 1:17 PM

from hot dry to cool wet can get really weird, I'm told (US chat-rooms - I haven't ridden anywhere but bladged journalists' tyre-tests at Brno and the NubRing, with the occasional Donington when I'm back in Blighty, and never on anything anything like GP iron).


April 12, 2014 1:13 PM

I just pray to Whatever looks after Moto GP riders that his luck holds and doesn't hurt himself again. There were times with 'Deathwish' Stoner when I could barely watch. MM's a far better rider than the the onanistic Oz, but I fear for some of the moves when he's got something juvenile to prove. VR's giving him space right now, for reasons very well put by other people on other threads on Crash, but if he falls into the claws of the pack - Bautista who goes bonkers at the chance of a dig at someone better than him, Dovi who is in awe of no-one on the planet, including himself, and Bradl who would kill for a podium, no error, plus some, he might find himself rubber-side-up and/or dirt-tracking. If it wasn't so patently strange, I would say that VR is actually tutoring the guy, the way Federerer used to throw games, even sets, to keep the crowd interested and his opposition hot with hope. This is one time I hope it doesn't rain - it's a great track in the dry, but the surface going fr

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