MotoGP: Marquez lauds ‘amazing’ championship battle

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Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez says that this year’s title race has been ‘amazing, as he goes into this weekend’s Aragon Grand Prix level on points with Andrea Dovizioso after an incredible thirteen races.

However, heading to home track and a circuit where he was dominant in 2016, he says that he knows there’s a good chance to make sure that he comes away from this weekend with somewhat more of an advantage over Dovi.

“This Championship is amazing, so close! At Misano we returned to the top of the Championship, equal on points with Dovi, and our other title rivals aren’t far away at all. The last five races will be very intense and hard-fought; we must keep working hard. I’m happy to go to Aragon this weekend. This is one of my favourite tracks on the calendar, and we’ll try to give 100% in front of our home fans and fight for the victory like we did at Misano. We’ll push from FP1 until the last lap of the race!”

And with a difficult weekend last time out for his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, he says that it’s time this weekend to try and turn around the final third of the season.

“It was a disappointing weekend in Misano two weeks ago but we’ve already put it behind us and are looking forward to the next race in Aragon. We know that we can be much faster if we are able to have positive practice sessions, finding a good setup for our bike and making the tyres work as best as possible for us. I really enjoy going to Aragon and I'm looking forward to racing in front of my fan club and my home crowd. I hope the weather will be kind to us and I can be in the battle for the podium again!"

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer