Marc Márquez, the reigning MotoGP World Champion, has achieved two victories in Qatar in previous seasons: One in Moto2 (2012) and another in MotoGP (2014). He also has four further podiums there, with one in 125cc (2010) and three in MotoGP (in 2013, 2016 and 2018).
Just one week ago, the Repsol Honda riders tested at the Losail International Circuit with Marc Márquez clocking the fourth fastest time and Jorge Lorenzo sixth.
“Finally, it’s time to go racing once again! This winter has been different due to the surgery, I worked hard with five hours of physio per day with only one goal: arrive in the best conditions in the first race of the year. At the Qatar Test I felt much better than at the Malaysia Test and now I can say that I arrive almost 100%. Honda have done a lot to improve the bike and in the test we were feeling strong, especially for a circuit which usually isn’t the best for us, but we have to keep improving. Qatar is always a special round, not just because it is the first of the year but also because of the conditions. We will have to pay special attention to the temperature and consider everything before the race.”
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