Marquez: Podium finish will be tough

After coming fourth in qualifying, Marc Marquez has admitted that finishing on the podium at Mugello on Sunday will be no easy feat. 

The Repsol Honda rider will start the race on the second row, behind Valentino Rossi, Maverick Vinales and Andrea Iannone.

Despite still being in a good position, Marquez is concerned about the increase in competition as Rossi, Vinales, Iannone and reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo all pose huge threats.

“Valentino honestly alone has a good rhythm, also Vinales, Iannone and [Jorge] Lorenzo,” he told reporters. “So it will be tough to be on the podium, but we will try.”

Marquez also accused Rossi and Vinales, who will be team-mates at Movistar Yahama next season, of collaborating during qualifying.

“I was watching practice, and saw that Vinales did the time behind Valentino, then the opposite [in Q2],” he said. “Looks like they spoke and organised [it], but in the end, everyone does his strategy, and in the end I did my best lap alone because I think it’s the best thing for the race.”

Marquez currently sits in second place in the MotoGP standings and trails Lorenzo by five points. The Spaniard was overtaken by his Lorenzo after the 29-year-old triumphed at Le Mans earlier this month.