Marc Márquez finished fourth in FP3, which took place on a wet track, and was second in a dry FP4 with a strong race pace.
In Q2, the Repsol Honda Team rider set his fastest time of the weekend – 1’29.931 – during his first run.
After going into the pits to change tyres, Márquez suffered a crash at Turn 5 during his next lap, from which he escaped unharmed. Despite not being able to lower his best time after that, tomorrow he will start from the front row of the grid, in third position.
Jorge Lorenzo made progress throughout the day, setting his best time of the weekend in Q1 with a 1’31.605. He will begin the Thai GP from 19th.
Márquez finishes sixth despite heavy morning crash
16 hours ago
2019 Thai GP – Rider statements
Today was a very good day for us, apart from the small crash at the end of Qualifying. After the fall, physically I am OK. I have a little bit of pain but it’s no excuse for the race tomorrow.
We have a very good pace and we kept working and pushing throughout the day for tomorrow’s important race. The crashes this weekend aren’t a problem, for tomorrow, we have good pace and we will treat it like any other race – aiming to fight for the podium and victory.
The rain didn’t create the best conditions for the afternoon as the track was more slippery. We had to change the setting to compensate for this and we weren’t able to close the distance from pole.
Anyway, in Qualifying I went faster than the whole weekend but we had an issue in the final braking after running on the kerb in the fast corner before. This lost me a few tenths and I think without this I could have been 16th which would have been my best grid position since Assen. We keep working!
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