Marc Marquez is looking to banish the memories of a disastrous last two races in this weekend’s Dutch TT at Assen. The defending champion crashed out in Mugello and Catalunya as the problems with the 2015 RC213V continued and with Repsol Honda bringing both their 2014 and 2015 chassis to the Netherlands, Marquez hopes this weekend will see a change in fortunes.
“Obviously I’m disappointed to have crashed out of my home race in Catalunya, but we’ve put that behind us now as we head to Assen. It’s a shame we couldn’t make the most out of the post-race test on Monday, but it’s the same for everyone. Assen is a track I like – even if it doesn’t necessarily suit our bike the best. As always we will have to work hard from Friday morning and hope to make a step with the bike settings. The weather is always unpredictable and this usually plays a part in the weekend, so we will have to keep an eye on it!”
Teammate Dani Pedrosa claimed his first podium of 2015 in Barcelona two weeks ago and the Spaniard wants to build on that success this weekend.
“I was really happy to step back on the podium in Barcelona, it’s just a shame we couldn’t do much on the Monday during the test, due to the bad weather. The arm is feeling better and better each time I ride and now we need to work on the bike to improve our feeling. As we all know, the weather in Assen is usually a critical point so we must be sure to make the most of any dry track time! I like the track but it’s important to find a good setting and feeling with the tyres as there are a few very fast corners.”