Marquez happy, but not 100 percent

Ahead of the first race weekend of 2017, defending MotoGP champion Marc Marquez revealed the team could be farther along in development.  

The Spaniard will start his title defence in Qatar this weekend and while he had a better pre-season testing personally, he is concerned about the lack of progress the Honda machine has made in the pre-season. 

"In pre-season, we tested in Malaysia, Phillip Island and here and all the manufacturers improve their level," the 24-year-old told

"The real thing will be this weekend and we will see where we are exactly, but in my case, I know that this is one of the circuits where I struggle more during the season and we know that at the moment we are not 100 percent ready. 

"It has been like always, a long winter, but now here we are in another year here. This pre-season has been a little bit better than last year: I'm happier and I feel more comfortable, but we will see.

"Still, we are working hard to find the best set-up because these big changes take time and we know that in a few races we will be better and better, but at the moment the base level is not so bad."

Marquez is set to face stiff competition in the hunt for what would be his third MotoGP title, as Movistar Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales has proved himself as the quickest rider by some margin in pre-season testing.