Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa say the chance to dedicate a race win to the memory of Angel Nieto will give them additional motivation at Brno.

The trio lead the front row for Sunday’s race in the Czech Republic and Marquez has already dedicated his 69th pole position to the memory of American rider Nicky Hayden, who sadly died following a road accident in Italy in May.

Spanish Grand Prix legend Nieto, who won 13 world titles during an illustrious career in the smaller capacity classes – which the superstitious racer referred to as ‘12+1’ – succumbed to his injuries during the week following a quad bike accident in Ibiza.

Marquez, who revealed on Thursday that he often watched La Liga football matches together with the 70-year-old, said: “Tomorrow will be a special day, a special race for Angel. Today already I took my 69th pole position for Nicky – a nice number – and tomorrow will be an important race. Of course if we can be on the podium, we will think about him.”

Italian Valentino Rossi was also very friendly with Nieto and the nine-time world champion described him as the ‘king of the small categories’.

“For sure I think that tomorrow everybody will race a bit for Angel, for his memories, also the other riders from the small categories because he was the king of the small categories,” said the 38-year-old.

“I think that everybody can give five per-cent more for Angel.”

Nieto’s fellow countryman Dani Pedrosa said the emotional circumstances of the race would serve as extra ‘motivation’ on Sunday.

“It’s always a motivation because it’s emotional and this gives you some power,” said the Repsol Honda rider.

“For him, any race, any activity on the track will always be a remembrance of his passion for this world.”



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