"Yeah, you know the pole position is important," said Marquez after his qualifying performance. "I'm very happy about this whole weekend because the rhythm is so high. I feel good on the bike—okay, sometimes I had some moments, but I always try to have everything under control (Marquez was shown losing the front tire momentarily during one session, and then lofting the rear tire while trying stop for COTA's first turn in another on video)—but anyway tomorrow is most important. We need to keep focused because the weather will be a little bit unstable tomorrow. Yes, the leg is much better, I rode without painkillers yesterday and today; tomorrow I will take painkiller for the race just in case. Everybody now is closer; yesterday I was a little bit more relaxed because I have more advantage, but today everybody is closer. Tomorrow I think Dani will be there, his pace is quite good, it's as strong as mine.
We will try to manage wear, it will be important in the first part of the race, because the second part, that temperature on the asphalt, the tires start to slide quite a lot."