Marc Marquez has admitted that he’s made the most of the 2017 MotoGP season summer break to relax and rejuvenate, after an ultra-competitive first half of the season that he says has taken its toll on him.
He goes into this weekend’s Brno round of the series both fully fit and as the championship leader after a strong performance last time out in Germany – and with the added benefit of a test at the Czech track over the break says they can return to top form come Sunday.
“I enjoyed having time to rest and go to the sea with some friends, but I also used this long summer break to train for the second part of the Championship. Such a close season is exciting but also very demanding, meaning that you have to always keep your concentration high and try to constantly be at the best level possible, adapting to every situation.
“So it was good to go testing at Brno during the summer break because it allowed us to work on the bike and stay focused on the job. Brno is a nice track but one of the most demanding, with many changes of direction and uphill and downhill sections. We’ll try to make the best of the work we’ve done during the test and to prepare to fight for the podium on Sunday.”
And teammate Dani Pedrosa echoed those sentiments, admitting that the test in mid-July has brought a lot of benefits that the squad expect to be able to make the most of come the tenth round of the championship this weekend.
"We've had four weeks without racing but not entirely without action as we had a positive test in Brno in mid-July which was very useful for working on the setup of our bike. The weather was good and we could fully exploit both days. I've been training in anticipation for second half of the season but I also had time for some holidays, which was good to disconnect a bit and recharge the batteries.
“Now I'm looking forward to jumping on my bike again at Brno which is one of my favourite tracks on the calendar. I have some very good memories there and together with my team I’ll do my utmost to get another good result next Sunday”.
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