Repsol Honda team rider kicks off MotoGP World Championship season this weekend at the Grand Prix of Qatar. Reigning World Champion has won in Losail International Circuit on two occasions: once in Moto2 in 2012, and again in MotoGP in 2014. Marc Márquez has been World Champion (in 125cc, Moto2 and MotoGP) whenever he has placed on the podium at the first race of the season.
Marc Márquez: “The first race of the season is always a special one because you’re a bit more nervous than usual! The Qatar track is also one of the most special circuits on the calendar and one of the main things to consider is the sand, which can make the surface quite slippery as soon as you get out of the best line. The limit is very narrow.
There are three very strong braking points and you need good front stability. Maybe it’s not one of the best tracks for my riding style, but I like it and we have worked very hard during the preseason to find a good rhythm and a good base setup for all circuits.
From a technical point of view, we’re starting this Championship better than the last one, and although that doesn’t automatically mean that the results will be better, I think our machine has reached a level to fight for the podium. We’ll try to manage well from the beginning”.