Quartararo: Marquez qualifying battle like Moto3 vs MotoGP
Fabio Quartararo says he felt as if he was on a Moto3 bike and pole man Marc Marquez was on a MotoGP bike in the damp Czech Grand Prix qualifying session.
Honda rider Marquez stormed to his 58th career premier-class pole by 2.5 seconds after being the first to gamble on slick tyres on the drying track.
The Petronas SRT rider says he was at a loss at how quick Marquez was straight away in Q2, and admits he felt like a “rookie” in the conditions.
When asked how he found qualifying, he said: “Really difficult. It was like I was on a Moto3 [bike] and he [Marquez] was on a MotoGP [bike].
“So I was on my out lap and really I couldn't get the feeling. Petrucci was in front of me and was exactly the same.
“I was catching him a little bit in braking, he was pulling away a little bit on the corners, but in the end we stay together and when Marc overtook us, I didn't know he could go so fast in these conditions.
“He has a lot of experience for sure, but it's a day like today that we feel that we are rookies and we need more experience.”
Quartararo continued to heap praise on Marquez, adding: “When you are braking into the corners and you want to go fast, the bike is not turning – it goes straight.
“So when I saw Marc going really fast in these kinds of corners, I was like 'whoa, he is really impressive', and you see why he is a seven-time world champion [across all classes].”
Saturday's weather-affected sessions meant no race preparation could be done ahead of what is forecast to be a dry race, with Quartararo missing out on a chance to test the softer tyres to try and emulate a fast run on that compound works Yamaha counterpart Maverick Vinales did on Friday in FP2.
“Normally today we would try a lot of things: tyres, settings, electronics,” he said.
“Really, we didn't get anything. So tomorrow morning we will have a lot of things to try, a tyre to choose.
“So will be tough tomorrow we know, but I'm feeling good to fight for a good race.
“Unfortunately 20 [minutes in warm-up] will be really short [to test anything]. 20 minutes here is less than 10 laps.
“So will be really not easy to make conclusions after the warm-up. But we will make something, we will try to get the best with a little bit of luck tomorrow.”
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