Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez has admitted he will not be starting the defence of his title in full strength as he continues his recovery from a leg injury.

The youngster, who made history by winning the 2013 MotoGP title during his first season in the top flight, was forced to miss the most recent tests at Sepang and Phillip Island after a training accident left him nursing a broken leg.

Though the Spaniard insists recovery has gone well, he concedes the opening round of the 2014 season at the Losail circuit will still be a challenge for him physically, adding that 'valuable points' are the primary aim.

"Obviously it was very disappointing for me to miss the two tests but the good news is that I'm getting better and the bone is mending," he said. "I've been exercising more, so I'll have to see how I am in Qatar - I don't expect to be 100 per cent, but I will try my hardest.

"The important thing is to take some valuable points and then get up to 100 per cent by round two in Austin."

Despite the pre-season setback, Marquez is looking forward to starting his first race as MotoGP World Champion.

"Arriving in Qatar as World Champion is something new to me - to defend the Title - and I know that from the first session the eyes of the World will be on us. Taking my first podium here last year was special and I have good memories!"



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