Reigning MotoGP champion and Indianapolis winner Marc Marquez kept his hopes of a shock title comeback alive by clawing nine points from Valentino Rossi on Sunday.

Both Marquez and Valentino Rossi have won three races this season, with Marquez claiming 70 out of a possible 75 points since switching back to the 2014 Honda chassis at Assen.

The problem for the Spaniard is that his three earlier race accidents mean he remains 56 points from Rossi and 46 from the other Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo.

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"For me the target is to win the races. Of course it's not in my hands the other podium results, like Jorge second and Valentino third," Marquez said of his title chances. "But okay we were 65 [points behind], now we are 56. We are closer. Still we believe, but we must be honest. It will be really difficult."

Eight rounds and a possible 200 points remain, starting at Brno next weekend.

"My target is to enjoy riding the bike, win races and here we were able to win. Now we will arrive in Brno and there we will see. If we struggle during the weekend and are not able to win the race or fight for the victory we will try to finish on the podium.

"We know that both Yamaha riders have a really good pace and if we want to beat them every race, or try to be ready to fight with the, we must work a lot, especially at some circuits.

"Will be difficult because both Yamaha riders are really strong, Today I followed Jorge for a lot of laps, in Assen Valentino, and I saw that they have a really good potential. Especially on corner-exit acceleration. But anyway we are working on this area to try to improve."

Marquez raised his perfect run of American MotoGP victories to seven after following race leader Lorenzo for 24 of the 27 laps, then launching his victory move into turn one.

"Honestly I expected another race because during practice I was able to ride '32s high, but it looked like Jorge was more '33s low and in the race he improved a lot," Marquez revealed.

"I saw with 15 laps to go Jorge was strong and I was not able to go in front and open a gap. So I decided to say behind him and attack at the end. We did like that. I pushed a lot in the last laps and we must be happy because we won the race."

Rossi finished in third place after narrowly beating Marquez's team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

Marquez's victory was the 700th for Honda in grand prix racing.