Having lost the MotoGP title lead after an engine failure at Silverstone, Marc Marquez heads to this weekend's Misano round trailing Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso by nine points.

“We’ll try and have a great weekend in Misano, putting the last race behind us," Marquez said.

"The important thing is that lately we’ve been competitive at all kinds of tracks, so now we go to Misano, which has a twisty, tight layout, with the same approach and mentality that has worked very well for us so far."

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Marquez finished a distant fourth at the circuit last season, in a race won by Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa. Both took part in a private day of testing at Misano on August 20, their fifth and last such day of the season.

"We’ll look to be as strong as possible, not with victory as the only target but ready to fight for it if we have the opportunity to do so," Marquez said. "We’ll work to get the best result possible.

"We had a positive test there in August, so we’ll go there ready to start well beginning on Friday morning.”

While Marquez will seek to close the points gap to Dovizioso, he in turn has Yamaha's Maverick Vinales just four points behind.

Pedrosa will also be seen as a victory contender after charging through the field from sixth place to win at Misano last season. His only victory since was at Jerez this year.

"I’m looking forward to the Misano race and it's a track I like," he said. "There are always a lot of fans there, and an incredible atmosphere. I have good memories there and I've enjoyed some strong results, so I hope to be able to work well in every session.

"A couple of weeks ago we had a test there that went quite well, and hopefully that will help us to get things going in the right direction right from the beginning of the weekend.”

Pedrosa is currently fifth in the world championship, 35 points from Dovizioso. Pedrosa will take over fourth in the standings from the absent Valentino Rossi if he can score at least ten points on Sunday.

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It is just a matter of time until MM regains the top spot in the championship and take his next premier class title!

All factories did a test in Misano so it will be interesting. Normally this would be a track that suits the Ducatis so it could be something like Austria race, battle between Dovi and Marc? But this season is impossible to predict. Pedrosa goes well here too, he's 36 points behind, if he doesn't want to be the next to drop out of contention he needs to start winning races.