Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro head into round five of the 2021 MotoGP season following a double top ten result for the Repsol Honda outfit. 

The ninth place finish in Jerez has resulted in Marquez being only one point behind Espargaro even after missing the two Qatar rounds. 

It seemed to be slightly tougher going in Andalusia compared to Portimao for Marquez as he suffered two big crashes during the weekend, however, with that came the confirmation that his arm was able to take the impact of a heavy crash. 

Marquez is happy where he is regarding the recovery process, and says ‘we are getting stronger’ ahead of a potential wet race in Le Mans.

"It has been a good week between races, I have been able to rest and continue my training and recovery. The goal for this weekend is to have less complications and continue working to improve,” said Marquez.  

"Step-by-step we are getting stronger and our goal is to continue the progress we have been making. 

"The weather in Le Mans can always make things a little bit tricky but we will handle whatever happens."

The last appearance for Marquez at Le Mans resulted in victory (2019), and whilst a win or podium might still be too early to foresee, the Spaniard will have fond memories heading there.

For Espargaro, last year’s Grand Prix in France was one of his five third place rostrum finishes, and although he would prefer a dry race this Sunday, the 29 year-old is prepared for whatever comes his way.

Espargaro added: "The test we had on Monday was very helpful for me and the team, we tried many things and were able to understand more about the Honda. 

"Last year we were able to finish on the podium in the wet at Le Mans, of course we would prefer it to be dry this weekend but the weather will be the same for everyone and it will give me an opportunity to try this bike in new conditions. The motivation is as high as always, I’m excited for another weekend."



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