Marc Marquez is aiming for an immediate response at Motegi after his disastrous disqualification in Australia. The Spaniard has a second chance to clinch the MotoGP title this weekend and will be crowned champion if he outscores Jorge Lorenzo by eight points. Marquez though is looking keep things as simple as possible.
“Obviously I’m disappointed after Phillip Island, but these things can happen. The important thing is that once again, we showed we were there for the fight and were competitive. Now we must put it behind us and concentrate on Motegi. Track conditions can vary quite a lot and we will work hard on the set up in terms of the hard acceleration and braking, which is an area we have improved now. We will work hard from the beginning, following our normal programme and push 100% to recover after Australia”.
Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa remains in mathematical contention for the championship and has an excellent recent record at Motegi, winning the last two races here, and hopes to reward his team with a hat-trick at their home GP.
“It was a strange race in Australia, but I’m really pleased with my team who did a great job and we took a good second place. I always look forward to going to Motegi, it’s a big race for Honda and I enjoy the track. It’s the final race of three fly away races and we’re all tired, so it’s important to keep the concentration. The track has a lot of strong braking and accelerating and we must find a good set up for the braking stability and to get good traction out of the corners”.