Fresh from victory in only his second MotoGP start, Marc Marquez heads for his home Spanish debut as a premier-class rider.

The 20-year-old Moto2 champion is currently tied with countryman Jorge Lorenzo at the top of the standings prior to the first European round of the year, at Jerez.

"The Austin race is a weekend I will never forget and I would like to thank you all for all your support and kind messages!" said the Repsol Honda star, the youngest rider to take a 500cc/MotoGP victory.

"Now we arrive back to Europe and it's important to keep our feet on the ground and remain focused. All the other riders have much more experience than me in these circuits and we will need to work hard.

"I'm looking forward to racing in front of the Spanish fans for the first time on a MotoGP machine in Jerez and we will try our hardest to get the best result, if we can achieve a podium then it would be great!

"Our goal is to keep learning and finish each race"

Marquez - who has finished on the podium, and beaten team-mate Dani Pedrosa, in both races so far this year - was only sixth fastest at the Jerez pre-season test. Marquez did not win at Jerez in either 125cc or Moto2.



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