Marc Marquez acknowledged the stellar Friday pace of Jorge Lorenzo but feels he and his Repsol Honda are in victory contention after he finished MotoGP FP2 second overall in Indianapolis.

The reigning world champion looked strong throughout the day, posting his fastest time of 1m 32.863s on his final run, which also included three other laps in the 1m 33s.

Speaking at the close of Friday's action, Marquez believes he is 'a tenth away' from Lorenzo in terms of race pace but still feels he has margin to improve on that time.

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"Lorenzo's rhythm is really strong but we're close. It seems like we're still a tenth away from being able to run with him but I think there is a margin to improve. However I'm sure he can improve too and because of this we'll have to work 100 percent."

Both Spaniards were the only riders to dip into the 1m 32s all day. Before Lorenzo's final time, which was just three thousandths of a second faster, the pair were tied after setting the exact same time. It was, Marquez believes, an indicator of how closely matched they are.

"I saw that after and I saw after the lap that we had set the exact same time and this shows that we are pretty much the same but I think in terms of rhythm he is just a little faster. We'll keep working to try and get closer.

"Now I would prefer a race like Germany but with Jorge he's a rider that always gives it everything. It's interesting to fight closely and more when you are fighting for the title but we'll try to be there. Although it's too soon because Dani is a bit far away in terms of time but his rhythm isn't bad and I think Valentino will be closer."

Asked whether he feels stronger around the 2.5 mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway circuit than he did a year ago, Marquez pinpointed corner exit as the area he and his team need to address on Saturday.

"At the moment I feel worse in some areas and better in others. On the corner exit I feel a little better and in the entry maybe something worse but the times are very similar to last year. The important thing is that we're there and we think we have a margin to improve. We're close to Jorge.

"Above all [we need to improve] in corner entry. Here is where we're going to work tomorrow and it's where we're suffering the most because tomorrow the grip will be a little bit more. Now I'm working hard. Last year we had this problem a little but it wasn't as exaggerated. Now we're working to be able to enter without getting the bike crossed up. I think you can work on the set up but in the end the problem is difficult to explain."