MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez has just edged out a resurgent Valentino Rossi for pole position for tomorrow’s inaugural Thai Grand Prix, taking the top spot from the Italian after working his way through from Q1 after a crash in the morning. But Rossi, who will be joined on the front row by Andrea Dovizioso, nonetheless finishes the day delighted with strong pace from the Yamaha after a difficult season.

The Italian rider is happy with the progress he has made through free practice and qualifying, but Dovizioso says Sunday’s race will be different proposition, when tyre preservation will be the key feature in the hot temperatures at the Chang International Circuit.

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Marc Marquez down the Main Straight at Biriam Thailand, 2018