The cancellation of Silverstone means MotoGP champion Marc Marquez holds an unchanged 59-point advantage over Valentino Rossi heading into this weekend's Misano round.

With only seven rounds to go, that means the Repsol Honda rider - who took a close wet weather victory over Danilo Petrucci at Misano last season - can afford to lose eight points per race to Rossi.

“Misano is a twisty track and a slower one compared to others on the calendar, with a lot of braking and acceleration," Marquez said. "It’s been a good circuit for us in the past; we have many good memories and we’ll definitely try to add a new one to the list next Sunday.

MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez interviews - himself

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"Last year I felt good on the bike and I could ride as I like, but on Friday we’ll go on track with the usual mentality, prepared to deal with and to adapt to every situation we find.

"We’ll try to understand the conditions and the grip of the track, looking to improve session by session, hopefully during a sunny and warm weekend!”

Team-mate Dani Pedrosa struggled to 14th due to a lack of tyre temperature, caused by his light weight, in the wet last year. However Pedrosa, yet to stand on the podium this season, won at the circuit in 2016 and 2010.

“I hope we’ll have some nice weather in Misano and to be able to exploit well all of the sessions. I like the track enough even if it’s a bit bumpy and the grip level is often a challenge, because it can change a lot from the morning sessions to the afternoon.

"The tyre choice will be very important. I also like the atmosphere with the fans who are always very passionate and it’s very good to see packed grandstands.”

 

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