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Marc Marquez Takes Aim At 11 Straight

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There‰Ûªs no rest for MotoGP this week as World Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) and his rivals arrive in the Czech Republic direct from last weekend‰Ûªs Indianapolis round in Indiana, USA.

At Indy Marquez continued his amazing run of successes by scoring his tenth win from the first ten races of 2014. That unbeaten run equalled the feat of Mick Doohan who scored ten consecutive premier-class wins in 1997, also on a Repsol Honda.

But Marquez still has some way to go if he is to set up the longest winning streak in racing history. During the 1960s John Surtees took 11 successive wins, Mike Hailwood took 12 and Giacomo Agostini took 20; all of these streaks achieved on MV Agusta machines, at the time the only fully competitive bikes on the grid.

If Marquez wins again on Sunday his current form will be unique in modern motorcycling.

The omens are certainly promising at Brno ‰ÛÒ a big, sweeping racetrack outside the Czech Republic‰Ûªs second city. The 21-year-old former Moto2 and 125 World Champion has won his last two races at the circuit, in MotoGP last August and in Moto2 the previous summer, on his way to the 2012 Moto2 title.

‰ÛÏWe‰Ûªve not really stopped," Marquez exclaimed. "After the race on Sunday we had a nice dinner with the team and then yesterday we were travelling all day to Europe.

"Brno isn‰Ûªt one of my favourite tracks but I‰Ûªve had quite good results there in the past. We tested there a month ago and even if the grip was very low at the time, I hope some of the data we collected will be a help!

"Everyone knows that historically Yamaha are strong at Brno so we‰Ûªll have to work hard from Friday to give ourselves the best chance on Sunday!‰Û

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