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Marc Marquez determined to shine at home race

'We have to stay alert because the pressure and desire to do well in front of the Spanish fans could take its toll' - Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez made the perfect start to the Moto2 World Championship with a narrow victory in Qatar, but the Spanish rider is refusing to become carried away as he seeks a repeat performance at his home race this weekend.

Marquez edged out Andrea Iannone by just 0.061s to record a stunning comeback victory earlier this month following his return to fitness after he suffered frightening injuries in a crash in Malaysia last year.

Marquez had been favourite to lift the Moto2 world crown, but he was ruled out for the remainder of the season after an accident at the Malaysian Grand Prix left him suffering from double vision, a problem that continued throughout the winter.

However, last year's championship runner-up showed no ill effects at the opening round of 2012 as he returned to the top step on the Repsol Suter.

Marquez, whose younger brother Alex (16) will make his GP debut as a wild card entry in the Moto3 class on Sunday, is feeling confident ahead of the Jerez race but nonetheless is mindful of the pressure that comes with riding in his home event.

“We head to Jerez happy and motivated. The win in Qatar gives us plenty of confidence, but we have to stay alert because the pressure and desire to do well in front of the Spanish fans could take its toll,” he said.

“The Circuito de Jerez is a track at which we rode in preseason and there are many riders who are fast there, so we will have to be 100% focused in order to have a good weekend.”

Marquez finished third at Jerez in the 125cc race in 2009, but has since failed to register a finish in the two years since – a statistic he will be intent on putting right this weekend.

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Doctor Chocolate - Unregistered

April 26, 2012 4:05 AM

@Motomoto You have much to learn... I'm assuming you like the other cry babies on this site have just recently taken notice of Marc. I encourage you to get a pass and watch some of his races from his 3 years in the 125 class. People always want to say Marc has always been on the best machinery, but they neglect to acknowledge the fact that he spent first two years riding over the limits on a ktm 125. He would crash spectacularly or end up on the podium and be the only KTM near the front. When he finally got on some competitive equipment he worked miracles in spectacular fashion. Do yourself a favor and watch the 2010 125 Portugal race and you will see exactly what this kid is about and why he has earned top notch rides. I spoke with a family friend of Marc and he had this to say, "You don't understand, Marc is f***ing crazy!"

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