MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez eased himself into the first day of the final pre-season test in Qatar, posting the third fastest time overall behind Ducati pair Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso.

Marquez set the quickest time of those riders unable to use the soft Bridgestone rubber available to Open class and Factory II riders, lapping in 1m 55.554s, 0.289s down on Iannone.

The Repsol Honda rider said he was erring on the side of caution on day one as the MotoGP riders ventured onto the Losail circuit under the floodlights for the first time on Saturday evening.

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"I am happy with how today went. In Qatar you always have to be careful on the opening day, because the track is more slippery than normal, but today it was fairly good and you could go fast - although tomorrow we are definitely expecting it to improve further," said Marquez.

"Today we worked on a few small things such as the clutch and brakes, in order to draw conclusions. Now we have two days ahead in which to focus on our set-up."