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France MotoGP: Marquez wary of weather, rivals

“We know that Dani, Jorge and Valentino will come back at us hard here" - Marc Marquez.
Four races into the 2014 MotoGP season and reigning champion Marc Marquez has trampled the competition by winning every race from pole position, then leading the recent post-race Jerez test.

Already 28 points clear of Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, Marquez will still be leading the standings no matter what happens this Sunday at Le Mans.

But given his present form, few would bet against Marquez making it five from five in France.

“After another really great weekend in Jerez and a positive day of testing on Monday, we are now on our way to Le Mans. You never know what the weather will do there so it is important to start strong from FP1,” said Marquez.

Marquez finished third as a rookie in last year's wet French race, having spent the first part of the grand prix in eighth place before charging up the order in what proved to be the only wet event of 2013.

“Last year we had our first wet race here and I really learned a lot, but this year I hope it will remain dry!” he admitted.

“We know that Dani, Jorge and Valentino will come back at us hard here, but we will work on our own programme - as usual - and fight for victory or at least some important Championship points.”

A wet MotoGP win is one of the few achievements still missing from the young Spaniard's CV - having claimed 10 wins, 13 poles, 13 fastest laps and 20 podiums from just 22 premier-class starts.

Indeed, victory in Jerez means there is no longer a circuit on the current calendar that the 21-year-old has not won on since making his 125cc grand prix debut in 2008.

Nevertheless he can't become complacent: Although a Le Mans winner in the Moto2 class, in addition to the 125 and MotoGP podiums, Marquez has failed to finish in three of his six French Grand Prix appearances.

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May 13, 2014 4:16 PM

Unfortunately at Marquez's current form it would be silly to say he's not the favorite for this race. However, for the sake of MGP I hope he doesn't win. Can Rossi, Jlo or Pedrosa give him a run for it. I sure hope so. However, with Pedrosa's recent surgery I'm not sure how fit he'll be to push hard this race. With Jlo seemingly lost a bit that leaves Rossi as possibly the only one to challenge Marquez. One can hope that will be the case.


May 13, 2014 12:14 PM

marcfan: I think its time for another winner here in le mans. I am a marc marquez fan but i think its time for another winner. I think vale could be perfect.
If Vale did win would he be then be known as "The man who beat Marquez"? He could make a career out of it like Tony Elias. LOL

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