Beaten by Honda at Brno last Sunday, the Factory Yamaha team heads to this weekend's British MotoGP at Silverstone seeking 'revenge'.
While Honda's rookie title leader Marquez has now won the last four events in a row, Stefan Bradl and then Dani Pedrosa
have also pushed the leading Yamaha to third place in the past three races.
The Brno defeat was especially disappointing. Yamaha had previously tested at the circuit, with its reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo
then leading most of the race before the Marquez-Pedrosa onslaught proved too much.
“We go to Silverstone knowing that we must do something more,” said Yamaha team director Massimo Meregalli. “The result of the Brno Grand Prix wasn't negative, but we want to do better. In Silverstone we want our revenge.
“Silverstone is a very fast track and is suitable enough to the characteristics of our bike. In the past we have had good results there so we go to England with optimism.”
It's now been five races since Lorenzo last stood on the top step of the MotoGP rostrum, at Catalunya in mid-June.
After that victory, his third of the year, Lorenzo was holding a close second in the world championship standings, seven points behind Pedrosa and 23 points in front
Collarbone injuries at Assen and Sachsenring then stunted Lorenzo's charge, coinciding with the beginning of Marquez's unbeaten run in Germany. Marquez starts Silverstone 44 points ahead of Lorenzo, with Pedrosa 26 points from the top.
“In Brno maybe I expected a little bit more, but at least I feel quite happy with my performance,” said Lorenzo, who had been visibly dejected after Brno.
“I gave all to win the race but my competitors were in a better shape there. Now we have to finish this first triple of races at Silverstone. It is a place I like and where I used to be comfortable.