MotoGP: Marquez prepared for mixed conditions

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Marc Marquez says he’s going into this weekend’s British Grand Prix prepared for whatever thus summer’s unpredictable weather can throw at him, after the first real chance this season to gauge his performance in the rain last time out in Austria.

Riding a dry race at the Red Bull Ring but forced to take to track in torrential rain during practice, the Repsol Honda rider says that that experience and Silverstone’s new resurfacing means that he’s prepared for anything now.

“Silverstone is a fast, technical track but our bike has very strong points, and we’ll try our best there, as usual. The track has been resurfaced, and that should be a good help in general for the performances; we’ll see if that’s the case. After quite a long time without the chance to ride in the rain, Austria confirmed that we can be fast in wet conditions, and that’s very good in view of a race in the UK! At Silverstone, the weather is another opponent to take into account, but whatever the conditions, we look forward to fighting for the podium again.”

However, while the unpredictability of the weekend and the new asphalt might play into the hands of Marquez, it means that teammate Dani Pedrosa is going into the weekend feeling much less prepared than the runaway championship leader.

"Silverstone isn’t one of my favourite tracks, as it used to be very bumpy and the weather is always unstable. On the other hand, they’ve redone the asphalt, so we’ll see if the feeling is better and if we’ll be able to work well beginning on Friday morning to prepare for the race. The weather of course will remain unpredictable as always, and that’s something we must be prepared to deal with.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer