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Marquez determined to make amends

Marquez determined to make amends

Marc Marquez arrives at Motegi with an 18-point standings lead and a second chance to seal the title.

MotoGP™’s remarkable 20 year-old rookie heads into the penultimate round of the campaign with the opportunity to clinch what would be a historic championship win – as the youngest ever premier class title winner.

But the Japanese round of the World Championship at Twin Ring Motegi, the home of Honda, will not be an easy ride for the young Spaniard. His main competition could come from his teammate Dani Pedrosa who has won at the venue for the past two years.

Following the drama of Australia, involving changes in race distance, a swap of bikes midway through the race and a miscalculation which led to a black flag, Marquez’ quest to be crowned king was put on ice.

However, the calendar offers him another opportunity within seven days. Marquez will need to take eight points more than Jorge Lorenzo, and hope that Pedrosa does not cut the gap between himself and his teammate by nine points or more.

"Obviously I'm disappointed after Phillip Island, but these things can happen,” says Marquez philosophically. “The important thing is that once again, we showed we were there for the fight and were competitive. Now we must put it behind us and concentrate on Motegi.”

On the challenge of Motegi he adds, “Track conditions can vary quite a lot and we will work hard on the set up in terms of the hard acceleration and braking, which is an area we have improved now. We will work hard from the beginning, following our normal programme and push 100% to recover after Australia.”

Pedrosa, for his part, states, “It was a strange race in Australia, but I'm really pleased with my team who did a great job and we took a good second place. I always look forward to going to Motegi, it's a big race for Honda and I enjoy the track. It's the final race of three fly away races and we're all tired, so it's important to keep the concentration.”

“The track has a lot of strong braking and accelerating and we must find a good set up for the braking stability and to get good traction out of the corners.”

MotoGP, 2013, AIRASIA GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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