Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez admits would be content to begin the defence of his MotoGP world title with a rostrum finish in Qatar.

Marquez will start the race at the Losail International Circuit from the front row in third place, with grid positions based on combined free practice times after qualifying was cancelled due to a rainstorm at the desert venue.

The Spanish rider said that while Saturday was an important day to fine-tune his RCV prior to the race, he has completed over 300 laps at Losail during the winter test and in free practice on Thursday and Friday.

"Today was an important day because it is the time to prepare well for the race and in our case we tried many things yesterday and we felt good with one base on the bike," he said.

"Today was the day to come back and try to work for the race but against the weather we can't do anything. First of all is the safety and it was too dangerous because it was really heavy rain so we will see tomorrow.

"Starting on the front row for me is a good result. It is not the best way to achieve but tomorrow we will try to fight for the podium. [Warm-up will be] important and in the end we make here more than 300 laps during the test and this weekend, so in the end everybody has the pace, the set-up; some riders are faster, some are slower, but everybody knows which possibilities they can achieve in the race and we will try because we know that a podium will be a great result for us."

Marquez is also hopeful the grip level won't deteriorate too much ahead of Sunday's race, particularly with the Moto3 and Moto2 races taking place beforehand the MotoGP machines will line up on the grid.

"I don't know if the grip will change a lot; I think in our case in MotoGP the grip will be already good because before you will have the Moto3 and Moto2 races. But it will be tricky to see and I hope they can dry the track and I hope also that the weather keeps stable until tomorrow and then let's see the grip of the track. We have 30 minutes warm-up so we can find the feeling again."

The three-time premier class champion feels Loris Capirossi's claim that racing can go ahead in the wet in Qatar has been misinterpreted. The former 250cc world champion tested on his own in wet conditions at Losail in February and said there was a possibility to race in the wet, but stressed that the final decision would rest with the riders.

"I think there was some confusion because Capirossi said there was the possibility to race but the riders have the last decision. Everybody agreed that if Capirossi said it was a possibility then we must try," he said.

"We must check the visibility with the light and then the shape of the track. If you don't ride, then you can't say. Two years ago in Argentina it was really slippery and really dirty. We said if it rains, it will be impossible, then it was raining on the Sunday in the warm-up and the grip was better than on dry conditions."



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