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Repsol Honda Back In Action At Indianapolis
Posted by: newsla on Aug 05, 2014 - 03:11 PM
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Repsol Honda Back In Action At Indianapolis


Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa resume World Championship campaign at historic Indianapolis. A year ago they managed a one-two finish there in MotoGP, matched in Moto3 by Alex Rins and Alex Marquez.

 

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MotoGP returns after a midseason break with the Indianapolis Grand Prix, the tenth round of a World Championship season that thus far has had one winner: Marc Marquez has taken all nine wins available to date. He is seconded by his teammate, Dani Pedrosa, as the Repsol Honda team are once again favourites to win at Indy due to their brilliant record there; between the two riders they hold 5 wins and two podiums from the last four visits to Indianapolis. This season the track has been resurfaced and some variations have been made.

The Repsol riders in the lower cylinder class also return to action in America. Alex Marquez, second in the Moto3 overall classification, will try to continue a positive run which has taken him to within 19 points of the lead. Teammate Alex Rins is fifth overall and only 5 points behind third place. Rins will be chasing a podium in the US, and also aiming to repeat his win at Indianapolis from last year –now fully recovered from a foot injury. Marquez placed second in the 2013 race.

Marc Marquez
"It’s been a great Summer break, which has combined some important time off to recharge the batteries, and also training to ensure I’m ready for the second half of the season. I’ve had time to reflect on what an amazing first nine races we’ve had and now I’m really eager to get back on the bike in Indianapolis! I’ve always liked the track and it will be interesting to see the changes that they’ve made, so we’ll need to pay attention from the first practice session and get back into our rhythm as quickly as possible!"

Dani Pedrosa
"I’m feeling relaxed and ready for this second half of the season. The strong race in Germany and confirming my contract before the Summer break was the perfect way to end the first half of the season. Indy is a track I’ve had good results at in the past few years so my aim is to arrive there and fight again for the victory. Obviously we have new track layout to look at so it will be important to take some time with my team to examine these changes and be prepared for the race."

Alex Rins
"The holidays have gone well. There was time for a bit of everything, including for complete rest for a few days without training. I no longer have any pain in my foot and I feel recovered from the injury, so now we focus on Indianapolis, which is one of my favourite tracks. It brings back good memories, because last year I got the victory there. This year they have changed the layout a bit and it is faster, so we will have to study these changes when we arrive there. I’ve already tried the new layout thanks to video games, because the game this year has been updated."

Alex Marquez
"Last year I got my first podium in the World Championship at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, so returning to the American track is something special. Besides, it's a circuit that also suits me pretty well and I really enjoy it. After the summer break I return very motivated and I think that at this stage of the championship we are at a great level. I'll try to get a good feeling from day one, in order to obtain the best results."

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