Reigning MotoGP world champion marc Marquez says he’s rueing not arriving at this weekend’s Texan Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in a better position, after a difficult start to the 2017 season leaves the Repsol Honda rider way off the championship lead.
Heading to a track where he’s dominated since taking his first MotoGP win there back in 2013, the Spaniard is currently eighth in the championship – his worst position ever – and with a lot of work to do if he plans on stopping the charge of Maverick Viñales.
"After the Argentina race, I’m happy to go to a track I love as much as Austin, although of course I would have preferred to arrive there in a better position. Anyway, another race weekend is about to start and we’ll give 100% to try to get our first podium this season. I have great memories of Austin, and for me it’s one of the best venues on the race calendar.
“I like the layout of the track, as it has many different types of sections and corners and lots of elevation changes. I also love the American style, with all the fans enjoying the sport and the fun at the track, so let’s get back in action and see how it goes there."
A difficult start to the season on the other side of the garage for teammate Dani Pedrosa as well, the veteran racer says that his plan is similar to that of Marquez - simply to get some points on the board.
“We had the chance to spend a few days back home in Europe, to rest a little and also to do some good training, and now I can’t wait to get back on my bike in Austin. It’s a pity we didn’t get points in Argentina, but we’ll put that behind us and concentrate on the positives. Now that we know more about our bike, we’ll work to improve the stability and the general setup, and hopefully we can take another step this weekend. I like the circuit and visiting Austin and the fans are really fantastic there, so let's hope for a good weekend in Texas!”
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