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Marquez expects Yamaha Brno challenge
20 August 2013
A fourth MotoGP victory in a row for rookie Marc Marquez at Brno this weekend would push his title advantage over the one race win mark.
Helped by injuries to Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, 20-year-old Repsol Honda star Marquez hasn't been beaten since June's Dutch TT at Assen.
Marquez's third victory in succession came at Indianapolis last Sunday, when he overtook both Pedrosa and Lorenzo - now appraising full fitness - to complete a weekend where he was unbeaten in every track session.
Marquez is now 21 points ahead of team-mate Pedrosa (a race win is worth 25 points) and 35 points clear of Yamaha's reigning champion Lorenzo. Marquez tips Yamaha to start strongly in the Czech Republic thanks to its past record and a recent test session.
"After a great weekend in Indianapolis, there is no rest and we go directly to the Czech Republic. Brno isn't one of my favourite tracks but I won there last year so I still have a good feeling there!” said the reigning Moto2 world champion.
“We will see when we get there, historically Yamaha have been very strong so I'm sure they will be very fast again this year, also considering they tested there a few weeks ago.
"We will wait to see our level and take the weekend at our own pace, work hard and try to take some more Championship points."
Pedrosa won last year's Czech race after a thrilling final turn showdown with Lorenzo.
"Indianapolis was physically a very tough race for me, so it's important I can recover in time for Brno just few days from now!" said Pedrosa. "Let's hope the weather stays nice as it can be very unpredictable in that area. Brno is a fast track, with high speed corners and in the past the Honda has performed well there. Last year we had a strong race there and I hope we can repeat the same this year!"
First free practice for the 2013 round takes place on Friday.