Marc Marquez heads into the sixth round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship at Mugello looking to evoke the 'good memories' of his first-ever GP win in 2010 to firmly banish a disastrous weekend in Italy last year.

A forever poignant venue for Repsol Honda rider Marquez after winning the first his 37 career GP wins in 2010, the event is also recognised as the setting for a bruising 2013 event that saw him suffer several crashes, most critically on race day when he slipped out of second place.

However, it was his high-speed accident on the Friday that Marquez's Mugello weekend is best remembered for, a spectacular tumble that proved a prelude to his one and only crash out of a race en route to the title in 2013.

With these career moments in mind, Marquez is hoping this year's event - where he will be bidding for a sixth straight MotoGP win - goes somewhat more smoothly that twelve months ago.

"The biggest problem [I had last year] was the crash," he said. "But after that crash was difficult because my physical condition was not so good. After that things were more complicated, so I hope this year without a crash will be much easier. It is a difficult circuit and I struggle a bit with my riding style, but we will try to get the best compromise."

Indeed, Marquez takes confidence from the fact he was still competitive in the race despite a relative lack of confidence.

"In Mugello I have great memories. I won my first race here, but then last year was a difficult weekend, especially after the crash on the Friday. In the race I was fighting for the podium - I crashed, but I was there and close to Jorge. With more experience, one year later, things will be different."


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Rossi will do his best but Honda had the fastest race lap last year AND qualified on pole last year AND finished 2nd AND MM was wingless that weekend AND Rossi sort of as well :-(

So even if the track is supposedly a Yamaha-track, I'd say by now it is a Honda track... like any other track on the calender actually.

Agree strongly though...Rossi AND Lorenzo will give him a run for his money...:-)