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After DNFs in Australia MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez and his teammate Dani Pedrosa are heading to Malaysia for the penultimate round of 2014, where last year Pedrosa led home a Repsol Honda 1-2.
Before arriving in Malaysia, both riders visited Jakarta as guests of Honda Indonesia, who carry the strapline ‘One Heart / Satu Hati’ which is emblazoned on the Spanish duo’s race machines and leathers.
Both riders rode their RC213V machines at the Sentul circuit – the first time the Indonesian fans have witnessed a MotoGP™ bike on home soil. Then they flew on to Kuala Lumpur for round 17 of the MotoGP season at Sepang.
Marquez had already clinched the 2014 title in Japan, but after his unfortunate crash in Australia he will be looking for a strong result this weekend. He took second place at Sepang in 2013 (MotoGP) and won in 2010 (125cc), but has also scored two DNFs in Malaysia (2012 and 2009).
Pedrosa is also looking to get back on top in Sepang to fight for second place in the World Championship. He has enjoyed great success at the Malaysian circuit achieving nine podiums including four victories – 2013, 2012 (MotoGP), 2004 (250cc), 2003 (125cc).
Marquez commented, “It was a shame what happened in Australia, but anyway I was trying a different tactic and I’m lucky to be able to do this with the Championship already won. On the way to Malaysia we visited Jakarta for an event with Honda, riding a MotoGP machine there for the first time which was a nice experience. Sepang is a circuit I like and the Honda performed well there last year with Dani first and myself second. Finding the best setup is very important here, especially in the braking so we will have to work hard on Friday and Saturday to prepare for the race.”
Pedrosa added, “I’m happy to put Phillip Island behind us and focus on the race this weekend in Malaysia. This is a track we all know very well and it’s going to be physically demanding as always - due to the weather. The layout has a little of everything, fast and slow corners, hard braking and long straights. Let’s hope we can get a good setup and give ourselves the best chance for the race on Sunday to be back in the fight for second position in the Championship.”
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