Marquez worried about drop in pace

Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez has admitted that he was concerned about his lack of pace during free practice at Jerez on Friday. 

Marquez posted the fifth-fastest time in FP1, but was a lot more competitive in FP2, where he had the second-fastest time.

Despite the improvement, Marquez is worried that Honda will have a tougher time on the European tracks in comparison to the first three races of the season in Qatar, Argentina and Austin.

“[The track] is completely different than Austin, Argentina and Qatar, it’s more stop-and-go, so the pitching is not the same,” he told reporters. “We are trying to understand this and to find a pace for the European tracks.

“I was afraid about this, I start FP1 and I see that the pace was not the correct one, so we change [set-up] from FP1 to FP2, and it’s much better.”

Even though he is anxious about his drop in pace, Marquez, who currently sits atop the MotoGP standings, has done well on European tracks in the past, especially in 2014, where he won almost every race that was held in Europe.