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Honda’s Marc Marquez on a Mission at Misano

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Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) will be on a mission at resurfaced Misano ‰ÛÒ to expunge the memory of his recent Silverstone crash and show once again that he has returned to his familiar dominant form after a so far difficult 2015 season.

The defending double MotoGP World Champion was fighting for the lead with eventual winner and championship leader Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) in the rain-hit British Grand Prix when a small slip turned into a race-ending crash. This ended a run of four races in which he had been twice first and twice second, rekindling his hopes of a second-half comeback to make it three titles in a row.

Mathematically, with six races remaining, the task is possible, and while zero points at the last round in Britain make the challenge even more difficult, the 22-year-old‰Ûªs strategy is unaffected. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, the target is race wins and maximum scores, and to see if misfortune will play against his rivals for a change.

Marquez, already 125cc and Moto2 World Champion when he took a youngest-ever rookie premier-class crown in 2013, has won three races this year, and finished off the podium only twice ‰ÛÒ but four race crashes have affected his overall total.

The star rider from Cervera, inland from Barcelona, has a three-win Misano record, once in 125 and twice in Moto2; and was second in MotoGP in 2013. Last year, however, he slipped off while disputing the lead, remounting to score one point in 15th.

‰ÛÏObviously I‰Ûªm disappointed to have crashed out of the race in the UK, but I was pushing and this can happen when the weather is like that. Of course the championship is getting further away from us but we were back fighting at the front and this is definitely a positive.

"Now we head to Misano which is a pretty small and slow track. We were testing there before the summer break so I hope the data from that test can help us with the setting this weekend. It‰Ûªs a delicate balance getting the bike right to suit the demands on braking at this twisty track and let‰Ûªs hope the weather is nice after our last race weekend!‰Û

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