Márquez remains wary of Dovizioso recovery
21 October 2017 – Marc Márquez insists he still has to be wary of title rival Andrea Dovizioso, despite the Ducati rider struggling for pace during Saturday's qualifying session for the Australian Grand Prix.
Márquez flew to pole position at Phillip Island but Dovizioso qualified a low-key 11th, having suffered a hefty crash during the preceding fourth practice session.
Márquez, though, says Dovizioso cannot be dismissed as a contender, citing his rival's early gains from ninth on the grid last weekend at Motegi, before going on to win.
"I'm happy because I felt good in every session and in every condition," said Márquez.
"We found good speed for the single lap, but we were also able to keep a good rhythm in the practices, which is what really counts for the race.
"It's true that Dovizioso is a bit behind on the grid here, but also at Motegi he was only ninth!
"We just have to wait and see how the weather is tomorrow, as it seems it will be unstable like today.
"Then I'll try and give my 100 per cent and push from beginning to end."
Dovizioso accepted that his crash under braking for Turn 10 in the fourth session had an influence on his Q2 display.
"The crash in FP4 conditioned my qualifying session a bit," he said.
"We could surely have gone quicker, but unfortunately I wasn't able to ride as well as yesterday and so we start down the grid.
"A real pity, but that's the way it went and now we have only to think about tomorrow to try and work out where we can improve, because in any case my pace with the medium tyre is not bad.
"We're not going to give in and we'll see what we can do in the race."