MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez said that he is very happy that the issues he has been facing the opening races of the season are now gone, with the Spaniard ending the first day of free practice fourth fastest overall.
Marquez revealed that despite a second place in Qatar and winning in Argentina, he has had a mystery problem that has held him back over the opening three races of the season.
The 26-year-old said that his Repsol Honda team have now fixed the issue and is happy with his opening day in Jerez.
“I’m very happy today because the problem that we had in the first three races isn’t there,” said the Spaniard.
“You can say ‘you won’ in Argentina but the problem was there, I was able to adjust, but in Austin I was not able to adjust.
“The Repsol Honda team did a great job, especially in Japan, they worked with the test team and we improved a lot on that area and especially entry of the corner. Now I feel better in the way that is more predictable.”
Factory Ducati duo Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso topped the afternoon free practice session to make it a Ducati 1-2. Despite being one of the weakest circuits for the Ducati, Marquez expects them to both be in the mix come Sunday’s race.
“It’s early to say, but of course it looks like the two Ducati factory riders are very, very fast,” he said.
“I was able to have a good pace, and Crutchlow also in the end did a good lap time. Even Jorge this morning was fast, this afternoon he struggled a little bit more.
“It looks like it’s between Honda and Ducati, but I never forget Yamaha. I mean I followed some Yamahas today and it looks like they had the potential and they will arrive.”