Marc Marquez kept any damage to his MotoGP World Championship title lead to a minimum after a near-miss at Silverstone and the Repsol Honda rider is now aiming to extend his advantage this weekend at Misano.

Marquez became embroiled in a fierce battle with Valentino Rossi and later Cal Crutchlow in the British Grand Prix as he battled for second place on the podium.

However, he eventually finished fourth after clipping LCR Honda rider Crutchlow's knee as he attempted a pass at the end of the Hangar Straight, running straight on and re-joining the race behind old sparring partner Rossi and team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

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Marquez only dropped three points to his Movistar Yamaha rival and heads to Italy this week with a healthy advantage of 50 points in the championship table.

"All in all we got an okay result in England, as even though we didn't make the ideal choice with the front tyre, in the end we lost just three points. Now we head to Misano, which is quite a different track as it is twisty and slow," he said.

"In San Marino I expect to fight again for the podium if we work well during the weekend. I'm happy to go racing in Italy, where I really hope the weather will be nice and give us the chance to make the most of every session."

Marquez boasts an impressive record at Misano, clinching victory last year in mixed conditions on the RCV and finishing second in 2013. He has also won at Misano in the Moto2 class in 2011 and 2012 and stood on the top step in 2010 following victory in the 125cc race.

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ElbowDown93: One DNF from Marquez will turn this championship around.The way MM has been riding at Silverstone proves that he is about to make a mistake.

This championship is far from over. My money is on Valentino to win this championship.

If VR manges to pull this off this will be even better than previous year.

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Not sure if you saw it or not, but Vale didn't pull it off last year[\blockquote]

He may have pulled it off in his motor home, after making Marquez crash last year.

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I don't like racetracks like Silverstone where running off the track doesn't cause a rider to lose time. 4th place with two offtrack excursions? Not good. Let's a rider do all manner of crazy moves they couldn't get away with at a normal track. Brake way too late, run into other riders? Why not, just ride through the runoff area and rejoin. Not good for racing!

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