Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez says that despite finishing second in qualifying behind Jorge Lorenzo for the French Grand Prix at Le Mans on Saturday, he could not match the Yamaha riders pace.
Marquez, who missed out on a fifth Le Mans pole in a row, was second on the grid after the second qualifying session with a time of 1’32.416 and was 0.441s off the pace set by Lorenzo.
Third was Ducati rider Andrea Iannone with a time of 1’32.469.
In an interview with the MotoGP site, Marquez acknowledged that his qualifying lap was not perfect but he felt comfortable on his Honda.
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“I was able to set a good lap today, but it wasn’t perfect,” said Marquez. “At first with the new tyre I found it hard to get the same feeling I had with used tyres and the bike moved about a lot when I tried to push more.
“At the end, I changed my riding style a little and set two pretty good laps that helped me to fulfil my main objective, which was to get on the front row.
“I think the pace that I have isn’t bad, and in the last free practice, I felt comfortable, although I’m still not quite as fast as Jorge [Lorenzo].
“We’ll see what weather we have tomorrow and what the track temperature is for the race, and try to manage things as best we can.”