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Marquez gets his mojo back

Marquez gets his mojo back

Confident in the bike and desperate to right the injustice he felt in Assen, Marquez will be a formidable opponent in Germany.

With nineteen years of experience reporting on MotoGP™ for Motorcycle News, Matthew Birt knows the championship inside-out. For the 2015 season he joins the team to bring you exclusive news and opinion from inside the paddock.

Marc Marquez couldn’t choose a better place to try and put Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo back in their place than Germany’s Sachsenring.

The tight, twisty and undulating track is like hallowed ground for the Spaniard, who has enjoyed more success here than any other track in his career.

The 22-year-old has won every race he’s started at the Sachsenring from pole position since 2010, including back-to-back victories in MotoGP.

That equates to just over 10% of the Spaniard’s career wins being achieved on German soil.

So the historic setting is the perfect battleground for Marquez to try and seize back the initiative in what has so far been a losing battle against Rossi and Lorenzo in 2015.

There is no doubt it is going to be compelling viewing this weekend to see how Marquez responds to having his nose well and truly bloodied in Assen.

We all know that he has never evaded a fight in the past, but rarely in such close combat has he ended up on the losing side as he did against Rossi in Assen.

That defeat hurt like hell - probably hurt more than any other defeat in his entire career.

And Marquez will be looking to exact instant revenge this weekend. Points are at stake, but so is pride.

Once the dust had settled in Assen, the aftermath once again firmly focused the spotlight on Marquez’s aggressive style.

Often in the past his moves have blurred the line between hard and fair and harsh and risky. In his defence, Race Direction has not recently felt the need to intervene with a sanction.

And given his back catalogue, rest assured they are watching his every move in microscopic detail.

The storm of criticism that erupted after his lunge up the inside of Rossi though won’t alter any aspect of how Marquez approaches the battle at close quarters.

Expecting Marquez to tame his aggression is like expecting Lionel Messi to shoot wide of an open goal or Wladimir Klitschko to back off an opponent swaying on the ropes.

Back on the 2014 Honda chassis, Marquez got his mojo and confidence back in Assen and looked as menacing as he has since his customary romp to success in Austin.

Confident in the package underneath him and desperate to right the injustice he felt in Assen will make Marquez a formidable opponent in Germany.

Standing in his way though is Yamaha, which is currently enjoying the most successful spell in its premier class history with six straight wins. Let’s not forget that this is a factory that won just four races all last season.

Yamaha has never won seven of the opening eight races before and the Sachsenring plays to the strengths of the 2015 M1. The track is predominantly about corner speed and edge grip, which the M1 excels in.

Braking stability for the first corner and the crucial final two turns is also a necessity here. The one area in which the M1 has made a huge leap forward in 2015 is in the braking zone, with the seamless gearbox and geometry changes reducing a huge advantage on corner entry that the Honda had last year.

Marquez might take some solace from the fact that the Sachsenring is a bogey track for Jorge Lorenzo, who incredibly has never won in any class on this track. The biggest obstacle to a sixth straight win will be most likely posed by Rossi. He has only beaten his current run of 12 successive podiums once before in his career, and that last time he finished a race off the podium was here one year ago.

Yamaha is on a red-hot streak of form, but Marquez will know revenge is a dish best served cold.

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