Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 30 May 2015
After a disastrous day at Mugello, Marc Marquez will start tomorrow's race from 13th place - his worst ever MotoGP qualifying position.
It all started to go wrong for the Spaniard after he set just the 11th fastest time in the third free practice, forcing him to compete in the afternoon's first qualifying session for his chance to fight for pole in Q2.
This was because he spent the entire final timed practice on an older tyre and didn’t pit for new rubber, seeing him pushed down the order as riders scrapped for the last few top ten spots.
Things then got worse in FP4, as he lost the front at San Donato and crashed out. He was able to rejoin the session on his second bike and set the fifth fastest time.
The Repsol Honda rider then struggled to match the pace of Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro in Q1, missing out on the top spot on his two laps by just 0.01 seconds. He returned to the pits in the closing stages, assuming he would be safe but a fast lap from Pramac Ducati’s Yonny Hernandez booted him out of contention for Q2. With no time left, there was nothing Marquez could do leaving him in his worst starting position ever as a MotoGP rider.
“Today everything was wrong!” said Marquez. “We can say that we did a mistake in FP3, that I didn’t put on a new tyre, I used a tyre from yesterday from the beginning until the end because we were thinking too much about working on the electronics. And to work on the electronics you need laps on the tyre.
“So we concentrated on that and then I go to Qualifying 1. In Qualifying 1 I had the confidence for push only on one tyre, but in that exit we had another problem.
“We tried to save two tyres for Qualifying 2 and then the plan was to use one tyre in Q1. The thing is that my confidence was good to use only one tyre but we had one problem on that exit and for that reason I couldn’t improve and couldn’t make a fast enough lap to go to Qualifying 2.
“The rear was sliding a lot. We don’t know why but ok this was my feeling and then we check and that and it was like that, spinning a lot. I stopped to try to put another tyre but there was not enough time and that was the main problem in Qualifying 1. But the biggest mistake, I repeat, was in FP3.”