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Marquez mission to maintain perfect start

Marquez mission to maintain perfect start

The MotoGP™ World Champion and runaway standings leader Marc Marquez heads to Mugello for round six in perfect form but knows he will need 100% concentration to maintain his ideal start to the year.

Marquez, who has won every race so far this season – and all from pole – has been victorious on two occasions at Mugello (2011 in Moto2™ and 2010 in 125cc) but suffered one of only two DNF’s of 2013 at the Italian track when he crashed out from second place with just three laps remaining.

He also crashed several times during practice in Tuscany last year including one particularly high speed accident at end of the start-finish straight from which he was fortunate to escape relatively unscathed.

The Repsol Honda rider will be hoping for a much smoother weekend this time around, having not crashed at all thus far in 2014 – but he does expect a strong challenge to his race-winning run from his premier class rivals at the Gran Premio d'Italia TIM.

Marquez previewed the sixth Grand Prix of the season saying, “Le Mans was a great weekend for us and although it may look easy from the outside, it is a result of a lot hard work with the team over the weekend to set the bike up. Mugello is a tricky circuit - one of the hardest on the calendar - and we struggled a lot last year. I had many crashes over the weekend and then crashed out of the race also. Now I have an extra year’s experience and I hope it will go more smoothly for us.”

“I know that Valentino (Rossi) will be very strong at his ‘home’ race, Jorge (Lorenzo) has won there for the past three years and Dani (Pedrosa) is also very fast there, so we will need to stay focused and if we cannot challenge for the win then we must take important points for the Championship.”

Pedrosa, meanwhile, boasts eight podium finishes in Mugello including two victories (2010 in MotoGP, 2005 in 250cc) and will be looking to enjoy a better weekend after only managing fifth place in Le Mans. He is currently 42 points behind Marquez in the Championship.

He stated, “Mugello is a very fast track with many long corners so finding the optimum set up and grip is essential. The atmosphere is also very special in Mugello and the weather usually perfect so I look forward to going there and racing in front of a full crowd. In the past few races my overall pace has been good but I’m hoping to improve in qualifying.”

MotoGP, 2014, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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