|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|
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
|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|