Fresh from their first and second places at COTA, USA the Repsol Honda pairing of Dani Pedrosa and victor last time out Marc Marquez are in high spirits heading in to the European leg of the MotoGP title race.
|Pedrosa leads Marquez at COTA
Photo: Repsol Honda
Most of the sports contenders and observers believe that the season only starts properly when the MotoGP circus touches down on it’s home continent at the now traditional opening European races at Jerez de la Frontera for the Spanish Grand Prix.
The Spanish pairing of Pedrosa and Marquez have had varying success at the track with the experienced Pedrosa taking the win in 2008 and a podium in each appearance he’s made over the last eight years, in contrast Marquez has taken two second places in his short career and will be looking to make amends for that in front of his home crowd on Sunday.
The track is generally accepted to favour the Yamaha M1, having won at the circuit five times in the last eight years, however it was a Repsol Honda victory last year courtesy of Casey Stoner and the two current Honda RC213V pilots will be looking to continue that trend this weekend.
Pedrosa said “Even though I missed out on the victory in Austin, we take many positives from the weekend. I am happy as we have reduced the gap to the leaders and I have recovered the good feelings that we had in preseason. Now we head to Jerez, which is one of my favourite circuits to race at. The atmosphere there is amazing and the fans are very passionate. The weather wasn’t good for us in testing there a month ago, but it’s a track we know well. We will look to continue with the momentum we left Austin and work hard from the first practice session to give ourselves the best chances for the race”
Joint championship leader Marquez, still bouyant from his Austin victory added “The Austin race is a weekend I will never forget and I would like to thank you all for all your support and kind messages! Now we arrive back to Europe and it’s important to keep our feet on the ground and remain focused. All the other riders have much more experience than me in these circuits and we will need to work hard. I’m looking forward to racing in front of the Spanish fans for the first time on a MotoGP machine in Jerez and we will try our hardest to get the best result, if we can achieve a podium then it would be great! Our goal is to keep learning and finish each race”