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World Championship Hits Jerez With Repsol Honda In Top Form
Posted by: newsla on Apr 29, 2014 - 01:58 PM
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World Championship Hits Jerez With Repsol Honda In Top Form


One-twos at the last two races have Marquez and Pedrosa heading the MotoGP standings on the series’ return to Europe. Alex Marquez and Alex Rins will be joined by Maria Herrera for this weekend’s Moto3 race.

 

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The MotoGP World Championship reaches Europe this weekend, direct from the last round in Argentina. Marc Marquez comes into the Spanish Grand Prix having once again shown the riding level which has seen him compared to legends such as Agostini, Rossi, Roberts and Spencer. Second in the overall standings is the ever-effective Pedrosa, and the two Repsol Honda riders took a one-two finish at Jerez last year.

For Alex Rins and Alex Marquez, the return to the Andalusian track will allow them to start a weekend with more track familiarity than at the previous three rounds. After testing at Jerez in preseason, they will have useful data with which to continue their progress. They will not be the only Repsol representatives in Moto3, as Maria Herrera will repeat her wildcard entry from last year’s Aragon GP at another Spanish track. Three weeks ago, she was victorious at Jerez in the FIM CEV Repsol’s most recent round.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez
"Argentina was only a few days ago but we are already on our way to Spain! We had a really good weekend, taking another important 25 points, but now we go to Jerez where I know Dani and Jorge are very strong. The crowd and ambiance is very special there and it gives you special motivation to perform at your maximum level. After three fly away races it will be nice to arrive back in Europe for a few ‘normal’ races, I’ll try to relax a little and prepare myself ready for Friday’s FP1."

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Dani Pedrosa
"It was a good weekend in Argentina although I would have liked to be in the battle for the victory, but I really enjoyed the race and the track! Now we have no break, and next weekend we race in Jerez! This is one of my favourite circuits on the calendar, I really enjoy seeing all the fans and racing back in Spain after three long races away. As usual we will start working hard from the Friday and hope to continue with the same momentum that we found in Argentina."

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Alex Rins
"I don’t have fond memories of the last few Spanish Grands Prix at Jerez, but we will try to do as well as possible this year. I am very eager to work hard whenever we get out on track, and to give 100% in the race. Having the fans there is the best thing about the race; the fact that everyone comes out to support you is a big boost to your motivation."

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Alex Marquez
"Jerez is a circuit that we know well. We did the IRTA official test there and I think that with our preseason work we were strengthened ahead of the season’s start in Qatar. I think that the base that we have is good, but I also think that we need to be focused and work intensely to improve our setup, feel on the bike and to give our all on the track. It is a home GP and having the fans there is something extra that you need to deal with; they give you a lot of extra motivation, but if you don’t keep your focus then that same motivation can cause you problems."

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Maria Herrera
"I am approaching this wildcard appearance with more calm than when I rode at Aragon in 2013. I’m not saying that I won’t be a little nervous, but this year I have already ridden with World Championship riders at Almeria in preseason and I adapt better after that, rather than when I was sharing a track with Rins, Marquez and others having only seen them on the television. I’ve already competed at Jerez in the FIM CEV Repsol this year and this is a positive, but I still am not completely familiar with the new bike. Jerez is my favourite track; it has corners which I like a lot, so I’ll make the most of this. The aim this weekend is to go round quicker than we did in the FIM CEV Repsol and, above all, learn as much as we can throughout the Grand Prix."


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