Pedrosa and Marquez head to Jerez confident and motivated
Fresh from their thrilling 1-2 finish at the Circuit of The Americas, the Repsol Honda Team are on their way to Andalusia for the Spanish GP in Jerez.
Although this is round three of the Championship, as the teams head to Europe many feel this is the true start of the season. With the all-Spanish line up of Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez, along with Spanish sponsor Repsol, the factory Honda team visit Spain looking to continue the fine form they found in Austin where rookie Marc took his maiden MotoGP win and Dani completed a perfect weekend for the team finishing second.
Dani has an enviable record in Jerez where has finished on the podium the last eight years. The tally includes a MotoGP win in 2008, five seconds, and a 250cc win in his second world championship season of 2005. Included in that string are seven front row starts, with two MotoGP poles and a 250cc pole. For teammate Marc, he has scored second place twice, in 2009 and 2012, but victory here has eluded him so far.
Marc Marquez – Championship Standing: 1st – 41 points
“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”
Dani Pedrosa – Championship Standing: 3rd – 33 points
“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”
Source: Repsol Honda Team