Márquez: Slick gamble could aid race chances
14 October 2017 – Marc Márquez believes his abortive move to slick tyres in damp conditions during qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix could aid his race prospects, if changeable weather prevails.
The weekend's action at Motegi has so far been affected by wet weather, with each practice session and Q1 featuring only wet rubber.
Márquez set a rapid time early in Q2, almost two seconds faster than his rivals, and opted to run slicks for his second run, as the circuit gradually dried.
However, Márquez lapped off the pace, and was overhauled by Johann Zarco and Danilo Petrucci, as his rivals improved on wet tyres during the closing stages.
With intermittent showers expected on Sunday, Márquez reckons his laps on slicks could aid his chances, in the event of a flag-to-flag race.
"The result is good but clearly the slicks today weren't the right choice, as it was a bit too early for them," said Márquez, who will start from third place.
"Anyway, you always have to look at the positive side of things, which in this case, firstly is that we're still on the front row, as we had already done a very good lap time on rain tyres.
"Secondly is that we managed to understand a few things in case of a flag-to-flag race.
"I think we've had a good weekend so far, being able to do well in every session in the wet, keeping a fast pace in quite challenging conditions, and that's very positive.
"Tomorrow it looks like it will rain again, but we'll see; we could also have mixed conditions, and in that case we will have to be ready for every situation."
Márquez currently leads Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso by 16 points, with the Italian set to line up from ninth place on the grid.