Marquez aiming to start season on a high

Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez believes that he is capable of starting his 2016 MotoGP campaign on a high when the season begins in Qatar on March 20. 

Marquez, who finished third last season, enjoyed a lot of success on the final day of pre-season testing in Qatar on Friday and feels that as long as the conditions stay the same, he has a chance of winning the first race of the season.

“If we have the same conditions, yes [can podium or win] but always when we come back here, whether it’s with Moto2 and Moto 3 with Dunlop rubber, it changes the set-up a little bit,” he told reporters on Friday. “We have to understand this well and we have a base, but the biggest question mark I have in my head is if we arrive in Argentina or Austin, will we need the same time as here to find the set-up, because if we need the same time, we have a problem because we don’t have this time on a race weekend. But if we find a good base, then we have some chance.”

The 23-year-old recorded the fourth-fastest time on Friday and while that a positive sign for him, Marquez still believes that there is a lot of room for improvement, especially with the first race of the season fast approaching.

“I’m happier but it’s still not enough because we must improve,” he said. “After today, I am much more confident for the race because yesterday I left the circuit in the night because I was worried about our level and everything, but today we did a bigger step so I am happy with the final result.

“We saw [progress] on the lap time but also on the pace. Also the last run that I did today was the run [when] I felt better and I did the best lap time and also I felt really good with the bike.

“Still [it is] not enough, still we must improve and still we need to work hard because in the end we are not P1. But we never, ever give up and always we try to push more.”

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