Alex Marquez all set for intense Misano Grand Prix battle

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Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Álex Márquez is anticipating an intense battle in scorching hot conditions in tomorrow’s 26-lap Moto2 race at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

Márquez left his time attack until the closing stages of a session that took place in gloriously sunny conditions that saw the ambient temperature nudge close to a physically taxing 30 degrees.

The Spaniard ended final practice this morning in a strong eighth place and he improved by almost half-a-second in qualifying.

A time of 1’38.051 secured Márquez a place on the fourth row of the grid but his race pace throughout the weekend suggests the 20-year-old will be able to charge through the pack to launch a top six challenge.

Álex Márquez: 12th – 1’38.051
“I’m happy with my race pace and I think in qualifying I was just missing a tenth and the result would have been much better. Just a small improvement in lap time would have put me on the second row but I already knew it was going to be close in qualifying. I tried to push hard at the beginning of the session when it was slightly easier to make a good lap time but I struggled a little in the hot conditions. We know the race will be run in extremely hot weather tomorrow, so it is going to be a very tough race physically for me and also for the performance of the tyres. A lot will depend on the start and the first lap, so I am confident I can get away with the lead group and put up a strong fight.”

Source: Marc VDS Racing

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