MotoGP: Marquez keen to put Silverstone behind him

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Marc Marquez says he’s going into this weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix at Misano with the intention of putting the British Grand Prix firmly behind him, after his Repsol Honda’s engine blew last time out, costing him both a race-winning chance and the title lead.

But, going to a very different circuit from Silverstone and to a track where they’ve had a successful test recently, he says that he’s feeling confident that they can put the engine failure behind them and get on with the job of defending his championship.

“We’ll try and have a great weekend in Misano, putting the last race behind us. The important thing is that lately we’ve been competitive at all kinds of tracks, so now we go to Misano, which has a twisty, tight layout, with the same approach and mentality that have worked very well for us so far.


“We’ll look to be as strong as possible, not with victory as the only target but ready to fight for it if we have the opportunity to do so. We’ll work to get the best result possible. We had a positive test there in August, so we’ll go there ready to start well beginning on Friday morning.”

And things are just as positive on the other side of the Repsol box, with teammate Dani Pedrosa also looking forward to a return to the track where he took his first win of the 2016 season in dominant form.

“I’m looking forward to the Misano race and it’s a track I like. There are always a lot of fans there, and an incredible atmosphere. I have good memories there and I’ve enjoyed some strong results, so I hope to be able to work well in every session. A couple of weeks ago we had a test there that went quite well, and hopefully that will help us to get things going in the right direction right from the beginning of the weekend.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer