"I have good memories and I really enjoy riding this track", he added.
Marquez, who was seventh in qualifying after a crash, expects his teammate Pedrosa and his title rival Dovizioso to fight for the win, and considers himself part of a multi-way fight for third.
However, he crashed his preferred RC213V at the final corner on his first flying lap and was resigned to his second bike for the rest of the Q2 shoot-out.
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Despite being fastest during Free Practice 4, Marquez had to wrestle his bike to qualify in seventh place, the second-worst qualifying result of his MotoGP career and the worst of the year.
"Looks like at the moment Dani and Dovi have the best rhythm and then I am among a few riders that can fight for the podium", said the Honda rider.
"We went right, it was not the correct direction". So I think the [riders on the] first row start for the victory for sure.
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"I'm very happy with this pole, which is our third this year. It won't be easy because here, every time you go on track the feeling is different, depending on temperature, if it rains or not, and so on, so we'll see what it's like tomorrow and do our best, like always".
Australian Jack Miller, returning to race action only three weeks after breaking his leg, was fifth fastest on his Honda and will line up on the second row for his home race.
"We know it's hard but the Championship is open and we'll try everything, " said Dovizioso. "If you don't have a good pace, it's no good thinking about race strategies and we were fast in all the conditions, especially in the dry and with used tires like this afternoon in FP4".
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Spain's Maverick Vinales on a Yamaha was fourth quickest but Italian great Valentino Rossi, who is fourth in the standings with 188 points, was 12th on the timesheets. He had managed to keep his bike in control despite a front-end slide on turn one going wrong.