Marc Marquez expects to have a real fight on his hands in the battle for pole position for the Qatar MotoGP at Losail on Saturday.

The Repsol Honda rider topped FP3 to maintain his perfect record under the floodlights so far this week, dipping under Casey Stoner's circuit record of 1m 55.153s from 2008 with a time in 1m 54.822s to head off CWM LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow by a mere 0.096s.

Only half a second covered the top ten riders and Marquez says there will be little room for error in final qualifying under the floodlights at the desert circuit, where he expects the factory Ducati riders to pose his biggest threat in the shootout for pole.

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"For qualifying, I think the Ducati riders will be difficult to beat, the two Andreas; also my own team-mate looks fast here and Yamaha you never know also, because in one lap they can be there," Marquez said.

"We did a step from yesterday, especially in the rhythm, which is the most important for the race.
But the fast lap time on one lap we are more or less the same - faster, but we didn't improve a lot there but the rear feels more comfortable.

"Tomorrow, we will try to go in this way in FP4 and especially in the qualifying practice we will have to really concentrate because the times are really tight and it's easy that you could start on the third row if you did a mistake, so we must push 100 percent."

Marquez also gave his thoughts on Casey Stoner's decision to come out of retirement to contest the Suzuki 8 Hours race this summer.

"I heard about that and it's good and it looks like he wants to race again and that is normal because he's young and he is able to do it because he has a really good level," he said.