Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez made a front row return by taking last year's Honda chassis to third on the grid in Assen qualifying.

The Spaniard has reverted to the 2014 frame to try and reduce the risk of accidents after falling in the last two races.

Marquez insists the 2015 chassis is faster over a single lap, but lacks rear grip under braking - with any subsequent mistakes hard to control.

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"I'm happy because [the 2014 chassis] is less critical and that helps me, especially to keep the rhythm for the race," said Marquez, 69 points from Valentino Rossi after three non-scores in seven races.

"With the other [2015] chassis maybe for one lap I was even stronger, but with this one I'm able to keep a more constant pace and stress the tyres less.

"In FP4 I was trying different maps. With the best one I was fast and I was able to keep a constant pace in the 1m 33 high. With the old chassis we have gained a bit on the rhythm, but still we need to work hard because the problem I've had all year is still there."

Marquez claimed he was pleasantly surprised by his pace relative to the Yamahas of Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.

"It's nice to come back on the front row at Assen where we have always struggled and before we came here we expected to be far from Yamaha. Maybe we are closer than usual in the last races. So I'm happy for that and feel comfortable although we still have some things to adjust for warm-up," he said.

"It's difficult to overtake here. Only two or three points. So we will try to do a good start of course and then see where we are. The main target is to finish on the podium but if we can fight for the win I will try.

"Always you take a risk and if I want to follow Valentino I will take a risk," added Marquez, who was still seen getting his RCV sideways under braking during today's sessions.


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After the Argentinian GP Marquez said he had learned some things. This press releases shows that Marc hasn't learn a thing. Fighting for victory is ok, getting the championship leader out because you can't manage to ride with your head is a no go. So keep calm Marc!