News 13 Sep 2016

Fourth at Misano sparks motivation for Marquez

MotoGP championship leader eager for Aragon grand prix.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez is eager to make amends at the Aragon grand prix in two weeks time after finishing shy of the podium at the San Marino GP last weekend.

Despite maintaining the pace of the front-runners in the opening laps of the race, Marquez’s decision to opt for the hard front tyre saw the former world champion struggle, forcing him to settle into position and claim a sensible fourth.

“I went out with great desire and I felt strong, able to recover the ground I had lost in the first few laps and close in on Valentino and Jorge,” Marquez recalled following the 28-lap race. “Then I saw I had problems with the front tyre, because I was losing it a lot.”

“When Dani passed me, I tried to follow him, but I saw that it was more likely that I would crash than finish on the podium, so I concentrated on finishing the race,” he continued. “The positive thing is that we only lost a few points during a weekend that had been good but that we weren’t able to capitalize on in the race. Now we’re very motivated for Aragon.”

Marquez currently sits atop of the championship standings with a 43-point buffer over rival Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) as the prestigious series heads to Aragon in Spain for round 14.

The Repsol Honda Team will remain at the Misano circuit today for a scheduled one-day private test.