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Marquez: “The track rewards strong acceleration”

Marquez: “The track rewards strong acceleration”

Marc Marquez has never los at the Circuit of the Americas nor started off pole, can he keep the streak alive?

Having qualified in pole position and won all three MotoGP™ races held at the Circuit of the Americas, few would look past Marc Marquez for victory on Sunday. His victory streak runs further than that when looking at all American circuits, Marquez having taken victory on seven straight occasions in the USA. The numbers might be in his favour, but Marquez knows it will be tougher than that in Austin. COTA is a circuit where acceleration is king; unfortunately one of the Honda’s weakest area is acceleration. After Friday the Repsol Honda Team will have a much deeper understanding of the situation and can begin to improve it if need be.

Argentina proved that both Marquez and the RC213V are still more than capable of winning, dominating the race by over five seconds. Victory also gave Marquez the championship lead, the Spaniard sitting on top of the table with 41 points, eight points ahead of Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) in second. With Yamaha riders having classically struggled in Austin due to the strain put on the front tyre, this rounds presents a potentially perfect chance for Marquez to open his lead further.

Marc Marquez: “We’ll see how we manage in Austin this year. It’s a track that I like, where I feel strong, and where I’ve always had good races and good fun. That said, the track rewards strong acceleration, which hasn't been one of our strongest points so far this year, so we’ll have to wait and see how we can manage the situation. We’ll keep working hard, as we did in Argentina, and we’ll try to find the best pace for the Sunday race.”

MotoGP, 2016, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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