MotoGP champion Marc Marquez didn't place too much emphasis on a fast time during free practice at the weather-hit San Marino Grand Prix on Friday, with dry weather expected on Saturday and Sunday.

However, the Repsol Honda rider still ended free practice third fastest behind Andrea Dovizioso and his Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, although Marquez was loathe to take too many risks in the conditions.

"Today for me it was a good day because it was a day that was critical because the track was so slippery, especially this morning," he said.

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"It takes a lot of time to get the temperature in the tyres and this afternoon with the soft Bridgestone tyre was slightly better but not enough; it looks like this track takes time to get competitive on the tyres.

"For that reason I did a lot of laps, but it loos like tomorrow the forecast will be better and especially on Sunday it will be dry so I didn't take any risks. In some laps I felt good but I just sat in the box and waited for tomorrow," he added.

"The problem is that on the brake point it was difficult to find the limit. I didn't have any big moments but you saw many, many crashes. When you see that then your confidence goes down a little bit but I felt good.

"The grip was not good but I was able to ride; the brake points were the most difficult and you don't have any system that will stop you when you lose the front."

Marquez, beaten in only one race this year, can match 500cc Grand Prix legend Mick Doohan's tally of 12 premier class wins in a season on Sunday and the young Spaniard spoke of his admiration for the Australian star.

"I have great memories of Mike [Doohan] and we speak a lot since I come to MotoGP and that is nice, but I have six races in front to try to achieve this record," he said.

"It will be nice because Mike is a rider that I like a lot because, he was always pushing 100 per cent - never enough - and I like that riding style."

And would he like to try one of Doohan's 500cc two-strokes?

"Some day why not. But only a few laps!"