The LCR rider struggled for type on the RC213V in his rookie season in 2020, solely cracking the highest 12 on the grid twice throughout the marketing campaign.
The Honda is usually a tough bike to extract the utmost from throughout a time assault, however Marquez feels he has made a step ahead on this space for 2021.
Nonetheless, he might solely handle 16th on the grid for final weekend’s Qatar GP – which he crashed out of – and concedes he nonetheless wants to know the best way to maximise a contemporary tyre higher.
“Final yr it was fairly tough,” he mentioned of Honda’s qualifying.
“This yr with the digital enhancements it is a bit simpler on one lap.
“Now, it is not that it is simpler, however we missed much less, about two tenths, not like final yr after we have been a second off.
“Perhaps the Honda will not be the simplest bike in a single lap, however I additionally must make a step ahead with the brand new tyre.
“Prior to now, in Moto2, I used to be good on one lap, I am a bit fearful as a result of it is essential, however with time I am going to perceive it and I hope it will not take too lengthy.”
Qualifying is an space of concern for Marquez’s manufacturing facility crew substitute Pol Espargaro, who was 12th for his debut on the bike final weekend.
Espargaro says he’s nonetheless “far-off” from the place the bike must be to struggle for higher positions, with the Honda rider solely capable of recuperate to eighth final Sunday regardless of having tempo similar to that of race winner Maverick Vinales on the Yamaha.
Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Group
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“It’s the purpose that’s worrying me most,” he replied when requested about qualifying.
“If we see the lap instances, we’re very, very near Maverick on the race tempo – super-close, greater than I anticipated.
“However then within the quick lap instances [in qualifying], we’re means, means, means too far.
“However precisely the identical with the Ducatis: for instance, take a look at Jack [Miller’s] lap on Saturday and the place he was within the race (began fifth, completed ninth), or Valentino [Rossi] and the place he completed the race (began fourth, completed 12th).
“So, for me, it seems like the primary precedence in the intervening time is one lap on Saturday.
“Truly, I can roughly clarify why it’s occurred.
“I’ve completed seven days of driving [at Losail], however what number of instances did I do the time assault?
“Earlier than the Saturday I did, like, 12 time assaults. So simply 12 instances pushing to the restrict, that is nothing.
“So, that is the purpose that truly in the intervening time I’m searching for and analysing why and the way we will make a greater job on Saturday.
“And if we will try this, Sunday goes to a lot simpler than it was and we will struggle for one thing a lot greater.”