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Marquez: “Our rivals are going to be very strong”

Marquez: “Our rivals are going to be very strong”

A solid 21-point lead in the Championship for Marc Marquez as he prepares to do battle in Jerez and extend his advantage.

Three races have produced three podiums and two wins for Marc Marquez, the Spaniard asserting himself as the early title favourite as his rivals have struggled to finish. Consistency and incredible speed see Marquez lead the 2016 MotoGP™ World Championship with 66 points and almost a full race win worth of points ahead of his closest rival Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Marquez is expecting for a tougher weekend than in the opening rounds, European tracks requiring a different setup to the previous three rounds. He and his loyal crew will need to continuing working hard to adjust his RC213V to the new demands Jerez presents. Regardless of how he goes in the race, the double MotoGP™ champion is excited to return to racing in front of his home fans and put on a show.

He may have only taken victory once in Jerez, but Marquez has finished inside the top two for the last four years. If he can keep the run alive at this year’s race he’s guaranteed to lead the championship after the weekend. In 2015 Marquez raced to second with a recently injured hand after a training accident, arriving fully fit should definitely see him be competitive once more.

Marc Marquez: “We’re very happy to head to Jerez with a small advantage in the championship standings because I think our rivals are going to be very strong there. I’m also very happy with the work we’re carrying out with Honda and my team because we’ve improved step by step at every race: we found a good base setup in Qatar and we further bettered it slightly in several areas, such as engine braking and electronics, in Argentina and Texas. Anyway, there’s still work to do and margin for improvement, especially in acceleration. Besides this, the tracks are different in Europe—narrower, with a different tarmac—so we have to wait and see how we can manage the situation. Of course I love to be back in Spain after three flyaway races. Racing in front of my home crowd and my fan club is always very nice and gives me a special emotion and extra motivation.”

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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