Marc Marquez has said he is both nervous and excited ahead of his first MotoGP race at Qatar on Sunday. The MotoGP championship kicks off at the Losail circuit in Doha on Thursday, with an extra day of testing
|Marquez will race his RC213V for the first time at Qatar
Photo: Repsol Honda
ahead of the standard practice-qualifying-race set up. Repsol Honda’s Marquez admits Qatar isn’t his favourite circuit however claims he still enjoys riding it.
Marquez stormed pre-season testing at Sepang and Austin finishing in the top 4 at all tests however struggled slightly in the final pre-season test at Jerez, a track he hadn’t spent much time at on the MotoGP bike. The 19 year old said: “We’ve had a good winter testing and now it’s time to go racing. Qatar isn’t one of my favourite tracks but I still enjoy it. There are many factors to consider there with the sand from the desert which affects the grip and also the fact it’s a night race. Also, as I saw in Jerez, everything is very different on the MotoGP bike compared to Moto2 so we will need some time. Let’s see when we get there, for sure I will be nervous going into my first MotoGP race but I’m also excited”
Marquez’ team mate, Dani Pedrosa says he’s looking forward to seeing how the new qualifying format will work: “After a long testing period I am now really ready to go racing! The team has worked hard to get us in the best place for the start of the season and I’m pleased with my physical situation. It’s a long weekend in Qatar, with the schedule over four days, and the grip level takes some time to improve with the sand and conditions there. It will be interesting to see how the new qualifying format works and really looking forward to the race. I’m just excited to get the season started!”