MotoGP World Championship title pacesetter Marc Marquez is ready to embrace a critical phase of his quest for a fourth premier class crown.

Marquez has opened an advantage of 16 points over Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso following back-to-back wins at Misano and Aragon.

The Spaniard is focused on pulling further clear this weekend at Motegi in Japan, which heralds a run of three consecutive flyaway rounds prior to final round of the 2017 championship at Valencia in Spain.

Marquez, who won his third title in 2016 following his maiden victory at the Twin Ring circuit, said: “There are four GPs to go in the season and we must give 100 per-cent at every one, starting with the three flyaway rounds. These races are always demanding due to the different time zones and conditions, and this year with the Championship so close, they’ll be even more of a challenge.

“The most important thing for us is that since Montmeló, we’ve been on the podium in every race but Silverstone. We’ve done a good job of managing different conditions and different circuits, which gives us confidence and shows that we’re at a good level everywhere,” he added.

“We have some great memories in Japan, because we won last year and got the title there twice, but every season is a new story and we must remain focused and ready to handle every situation.

“Track conditions in Motegi can vary dramatically, and we’ll have to work hard on the set-up to find a good compromise for the hard acceleration and braking. We’ll give our best effort and push hard to get another good result in front of Honda’s home fans.”

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