Coming off placing second fastest in FP1, Marc Marquez was pleased to 'start in a good level again' after the three week MotoGP summer break.

Marquez rather appropriately ended the morning session just 93 hundredths of a second off Jorge Lorenzo's fastest time around a track he described as 'slippery.'

Winner at this circuit on his previous five visits, Marquez also pinpointed Lorenzo as his main opponent this weekend as the Majorcan led the session in its entirety bar a brief three minute window in which the reigning world champion sat on top.

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"This session has been good, I felt good," said the 22-year old. "The track was a little bit slippery, but even like that the lap time was fast, was good. So I'm happy for that. And it's good after the holidays to start in a good level again.

"I will try [to maintain his exemplary record in the USA]. This is the target, try to continue in our level at Indianapolis, like last two years, but I know that will be difficult, and I know that this year maybe it will be more difficult than the last year. But we will try to keep this level.

"At the moment, Jorge [will be difficult to beat]. He's first in FP1, also last year Jorge finished second, and his level was good. I think at this circuit, Jorge will be the tough opponent."

Marquez was among several riders to complain of the lack of initial grip offered by the recently re-laid surface around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but he remains convinced the lap times will fall as the weekend progresses.

"It's more slippery than the other tracks maybe, but it's consistent. So I think now will improve, and from the first run to the last run, the grip improved. I think the last time will be faster than last year."