24 September 2016
MotoGP Aragon: Marquez: If I feel right, I will attack
'I think we are in a good situation now and here is one of the circuits of the calendar where I need to attack a little bit more and we will do' - Marc Marquez.
Marc Marquez admits his strategy will be to attack tomorrow's MotoGP race at Aragon from the very first lap if the Repsol Honda rider has conditions in his favour.
Marquez dominated qualifying to take his fourth straight pole on home soil at the Spanish circuit by six tenths from Suzuki's Maverick Vinales.
The 23-year-old holds an advantage at the top of the table of 43 points over Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi and it is clear Marquez believes he has an excellent chance to take a big step towards his third premier class title on Sunday.
“We will see, we must check the feeling because like I say before, sometimes this year with the Michelin tyres after the Moto2 race and with the change in temperature, the feeling can change,” he said.
“We need to realise during the race but if it's like today, why not [push from the very start]. I think we are in a good situation now and here is one of the circuits of the calendar where I need to attack a little bit more and we will do. We are doing a great weekend and we will try tomorrow to finish in a good way because the last two years on a Friday and Saturday also I was very fast, but on Sunday I wasn't able to finish in the best way.
“In some races we struggle much more but here we have a good situation, so one of the targets of tomorrow is the victory but the second one is to try to finish in front of Valentino because it will be much better for the championship,” added Marquez. “Like I say, if you go out an you don't have the feeling, then it is better to finish the race.”
Marquez has been in red-hot form throughout practice and qualifying and although he is feeling confident of his prospects, he admits a potential change in temperature on Sunday at Aragon could pose some problems.
“Pole position is important for tomorrow because the first corner here is tricky, but the most important is the rhythm in FP4 – I felt really good. Tomorrow we will see because it looks like it will be a little bit cloudy, so the temperature will drop a little bit,” said Marquez, who was lucky to escape injury following a big spill in FP3.
“My question mark is the front tyre because with the hard one in the hot temperatures I feel okay, but if the temperature will be lower we will see. Anyway, I feel well with the bike and I feel ready for the race. I already say on Thursday that this circuit is one of my favourite ones and we need to try to attack a little bit."
Outlining the potential for changeable weather for Sunday's race, Marquez said: "Every race is like this. This year, one of the nicest things of the championship is this and maybe today I was the fastest one, but tomorrow [maybe] with lower temperatures I will struggle with the tyres.
"It is something we need to analyse well and tomorrow we need to check well what temperature we have and which tyre is the best.
“The good thing is this weekend I tried all the tyres and with the three, the hardest one I feel okay - very similar. If it's lower temperature I will go to one and if it is higher temperature I will go to the other one.”
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