World MotoGP champ Marquez he is not 100%

Marc Marquez in a lot of pain
Marc Marquez in a lot of pain

World motorcycling champion Marc Marquez admitted yesterday that his long-standing shoulder problem hampered his performance on the opening day of pre-season testing.

Honda rider Marquez, a six-time champion in the sport's elite class, was sixth fastest at the Losail track, 0.361sec behind the Suzuki of Spanish compatriot Alex Rins.

Marquez underwent surgery on his right shoulder last November after a fall in testing in Jerez, aggravating an injury originally picked up at last year's Malaysian Grand Prix.

“Today we started well but I am struggling a bit more than in Malaysia (at a recent test) with my shoulder," said Marquez.

“In the long corners here, especially the long right handers, I feel my shoulder.

“As always, Qatar is not an easy circuit for us and we're aiming to be as strong as possible."

Qatar will host the world championship season-opener on March 8.

Alex Marquez not even qualified to shine his brother's shoes so far
Alex Marquez not even qualified to shine his brother's shoes so far

It was a day to forget for the Marquez family with younger brother Alex, promoted to the Honda MotoGP team this season, down in 21st place from 22 riders.

That was over two seconds off the leading Suzuki.

“I have been feeling a little sick," said 2019 Moto2 world champion Alex.

“It's nothing serious but I do not have my full power and in MotoGP you need to be at your best.

“I had a crash today. This is how you find the limit as a rookie so I'm not focusing on it."

Qatar Test Day 1

Pos. Rider Num Nat Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'54.462
2 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.002
3 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.032
4 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.172
5 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.238
6 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.361
7 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.414
8 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.612
9 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.742
10 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.806
11 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.846
12 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.898
13 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.968
14 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.987
15 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.165
16 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.182
17 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.245
18 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.275
19 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1.295
20 Lecouna Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.673
21 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2.090
22 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2.565

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