A 'stronger' reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez will continue his pursuit of Valentino Rossi and the 2015 title lead during this weekend's Le Mans round.

This time last year Marquez had won the opening four races and held a 28-point championship advantage, which he then extended by battling from tenth (after a mistake on the opening lap) to take the lead from Rossi at mid-distance.

The Repsol Honda star returns to France fourth in this year's championship and trailing Yamaha's Rossi by 26-points, having closed slightly on the Italian with second place to Jorge Lorenzo last time at Jerez.

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That result was achieved just a week after surgery for a fractured left little finger and Marquez will be hoping that the extra healing time can help him fight for a second victory of the season on Sunday.

"Since Jerez we've been able to rest and now I'm feeling much stronger for this weekend," Marquez said. "I visited Dr. Mir for a check-up and my finger is definitely improving and healing well.

"I haven't trained much this past week in order to give my finger a chance to restore back to 100%, which was our main goal.

"I like the Le Mans track, the weather is always changeable but last year it was really good and I took my first win in the MotoGP class, so let's hope it's the nice for us again this year!"