Marc Marquez says the MotoGP world title battle is ‘on fire’ as the Repsol Honda rider prepares to seize his chance to open an advantage at Aragon this weekend.

Marquez rates the Spanish circuit as one of his favourite venues on the calendar and the reigning champion will feel he can steal a march on his rivals on Sunday, with Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso level on 199 points at the top of the standings.

Marquez heads into the weekend on the back of a victory at Misano and the Spaniard is determined to build on his momentum as the championship enters a critical phase.

“The battle is on fire, five races to go and equal points with Dovi, and [Maverick] Vinales is very close. Valentino [Rossi] is coming back and Dani [Pedrosa] also is not very, very far, so we will keep pushing until the end,” he said.

“At the moment we are in Aragon, a circuit that I like, one of my favourite circuits, so we will see how we can manage the situation during the weekend. Every season here I felt good, so we will try again one more year to be on a good level and fight for the victory on Sunday.

“Looks like the weather forecast for tomorrow is not the best one, but Saturday and Sunday looks better and better.”

Marquez has taken heart from his feeling with the factory Honda in recent races at contrasting race tracks but is also wary that one mistake could strike a fatal blow to his hopes of retaining the world title.

“Anyway, for me one of the most important points is that in the last races I felt really good with the bike in completely different circuits, different situations, and I was competitive. This is the most important and we will try to push and not make any mistakes because I know any mistakes now will be a disaster,” he said.

“You must give your 100 per-cent and of course it’s the same, it’s important this race, the next race and Valencia – so 25 points every Sunday are there and we will try to catch.

“In Misano, in one part of the race I was thinking to finish the race but then in the last part of the race I felt good and I say I will try. The risk was there and maybe it was better to have 20 points than crash, but Dovizioso was in the lead in the championship and I started to think that 25 points would be a better situation, so we tried and we did [win], but we already forget that race and now we are thinking of Aragon.”

The triple MotoGP champion has a fine record at Aragon and says the undulations of the circuit and the range of left-hand corners plays to his strengths.

“I just enjoy it. Sometimes that doesn’t mean that you will be fast because it is one of your favourite tracks, but I like the layout, uphill and downhill, especially many left corners that I like. Since I arrived in 2010 I felt good and I was fast, and I enjoyed riding the bike and this helps to make laps and enjoy with the fans.”