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.”