Marc Márquez opens 2016 season on the podium

Third position for Repsol Honda Team rider, who pushes for second on the rostrum in Qatar until the final corner.

Marc Marquez opened the 2016 MotoGP World Championship with third place at the Grand Prix of Qatar. The floodlights at the Losail International Circuit lit up an intense race, in which Marquez was always amongst the leading group. The Spaniard pushed for second place right until the end, battling with Andrea Dovizioso in a fight that would only conclude on the final corner. He placed on the rostrum behind race winner Jorge Lorenzo and Dovizioso.

Marc Marquez “I’m happy with this third place because I know that we gave our all and just two weeks ago we were one second off the pace compared to the other guys on the podium. I want to thank Honda and my team for all the hard work they are doing. The race was faster than we expected and we had a great weekend, because we got 100% out of our performance at a circuit that we find hard. I spent much of the race behind Dovizioso because I couldn’t pass him, and it was difficult to make up the ground lost with his better acceleration on the straight. Whenever I got close, I’d lose him again. Although I knew it would be difficult, I made another attempt with 4 laps remaining −but he overtook me on the last lap. I tried again in the last corner but it wasn’t possible. I hope that the circuits coming up on the calendar favour us a little more.”

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