MotoGP: Marquez expecting to work hard at Le Mans

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Reigning MotoGP champion marc Marquez says he knows that he’s going to have to work hard this weekend at the French Grand Prix if he wants to make it three wins in a row. Heading to a track where he struggled last year before crashing out of the race, the Repsol Honda rider nonetheless sounds confident about what he’s got to do.

“Le Mans is a track where we’ll have to work hard and do our best to try and keep the good momentum. In the past, we’ve been able to win or get on the podium there on some occasions, and other times we’ve struggled to get on pace, but as I always say, every season is different.

“Of course, there will be question marks about the weather, the tyres, and the setup, but our mentality and approach will be the same as always: positive. This year we’re already at a good level as we head to France, so we’ll see how the weekend goes. We’ll try to start well beginning on Friday and then fight for the podium on Sunday.”

However, coming off the back of successful tests in both Jerez and Mugello since the last round of the championship, teammate Dani Pedrosa says he’s feeling more relaxed as the long European series of races picks up steam.

“I’m happy with the work we did with the team during the days of testing after the last round; it gives me confidence and makes me look forward to the next race. The French GP always presents many challenges, starting with the weather, which can be quite unpredictable. The temperature may be low, which can cause challenges with the tyres. We’ll try to keep our focus and have a good race.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer