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Marquez: “We suffered a lot with front grip in the race”

Marquez: “We suffered a lot with front grip in the race”

Four podiums in four races and the championship lead; it’s been a pretty good start to 2016 for Marc Marquez.

Consistency hasn’t always been Marc Marquez’s strong point, but in 2016 he’s been the most consistent of them all and been the only rider in the premier class to take four straight podiums. This form has given him the championship lead, the Repsol Honda Team man is 17-points ahead of Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). After third in Jerez, Marquez comes to Le Mans quietly confident with a strong post-race test behind him. During the test the Spaniard focused on improving electronics and chassis setup to improve grip and reduce wheelie out of corners. The French track has many heavy acceleration points, similar to Austin and Marquez is hopeful his RC213V will excel in Le Mans as it did in America.

Marc Marquez: “I like the Le Mans track although it requires that you be ready to deal with many variables. To begin with, the weather: you never know what it will do there. Last year the temperature rose significantly on Sunday and we suffered a lot with front grip in the race. Rain also isn’t unusual there. In addition, the track has a stop-and-go layout, with many slow turns where braking and acceleration are crucial. We’ll see if we find ourselves in a situation similar to Austin, where acceleration out of slow corners was a lot better than expected, or if we have to face a bigger challenge. During the last test in Jerez, we worked a lot on electronics and the chassis setting to find more grip, and on the balance of the bike to reduce wheelieing. It’s always a compromise but I think we’ve gathered useful info for Le Mans and, knowing how far we’ve come since this winter and how quickly we’ve been able to react to many situations, I feel confident and look forward to starting the next racing weekend.”

MotoGP, 2016, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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