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Marquez neck ‘much better’ ahead of finale

Marquez neck ‘much better’ ahead of finale

Marc Marquez is poised to make history in Valencia this weekend, heading to the Ricardo Tormo circuit with a final chance to become the first rookie premier class World Champion in 35 years. He is suffering less pain in his neck, having crashed heavily in Sunday morning practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Since finishing second at Motegi, Marquez has been undergoing treatment in order to be in the best possible physical condition for the Valencia title-decider.

"It’s been nice to have a week at home after a long three weeks away," says the Repsol Honda Team rider. "After my accident at Motegi, I’ve been doing muscular rehabilitation on my neck in anticipation for the race and it now feels much better."

Last year in Valencia, Marquez won the Moto2™ race from the back of the grid.

"We’ve had good races in Valencia," continues the 20-year-old from Cervera, Catalunya. "I’ve always tried to give it my best there. I have fond memories of last year’s race in Moto2™, but the weather will also be a factor to consider because it is very changeable. I’m already looking forward to getting back in the garage and getting on the bike!

"Obviously, we know what is at stake in this final Grand Prix of the year, but we will - as ever - approach it as we have done every other race, working hard from the Friday and doing our best."

Marquez carries an advantage of 13 points over Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, with a maximum of 25 still on offer. This means fourth place in Sunday’s race would guarantee the title for Marquez, regardless of Lorenzo’s position. In the process, the Honda rider would also become the youngest ever premier class World Champion, taking the mantle away from Freddie Spencer.


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