Marc Marquez has a healthy forty-six-point lead over second place Valentino Rossi in the championship, but heading into the second half of the season the reigning world champion is not getting carried away. So far this season Marquez has won five races and Rossi has won none, however it could only take one mistake from Marquez to diminish the gap between him and the rest of the field significantly.
The Czech GP will be a milestone for Marquez in the form of his on hundredth MotoGP race. Since his debut in 2013, Marquez has won forty races, achieved seventy podiums and clinched four world titles, so will be looking to add to his impressive record this weekend.
“We had a good test at Brno and we’re coming off of wins at two very different races, one an all-out battle and one more tactical, so we arrive in Brno in a confident mood.” said Marquez.
“It was also good to enjoy a few days of vacation to recharge the batteries and prepare for the second half of the season, which will still be very long with 10 races to go, and not easy at all. Our rivals are riding fast at every circuit and in every situation, so we must understand and plan the best strategy each time.
“We’re working very well with the team and the HRC engineers, and we must continue that trend. I’ll go to Brno not thinking about the advantage in the Championship, as if we were all still at the beginning, on zero points. The target for Sunday is to try and win, but if the situation won’t allow it, we’ll manage to get the best result possible.”
In Brno, Marquez has won two MotoGP races and has only finished off the podium once in the premier class, finishing fourth in 2014. Honda has won every MotoGP race at the track since 2011, bar one in 2015. Despite these past achievements, Marquez doesn’t consider Brno one of the best tracks for him or Honda. Although, the test Honda held at the track earlier in the month should help his confidence and provide a good base setting for the weekend.