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MotoGP, Marquez: Assen, first of the 'friendly' tracks

"Now come a series of tracks that suit my riding style". Pedrosa: "different conditions, we'll see what sensations are like"

Marquez: Assen, first of the 'friendly' tracks

Marquez and Pedrosa were both on the podium at Barcelona, a good result all in all at a track where Honda thought it would struggle. Now comes Assen, the layout of which should be a lot better suited to the RC213V.

Marc is looking forward to it and wants to get back to winning, after several races in which he's had to surrender to the Yamaha pair. Managing the situation has been enough - thanks to the errors and misfortune of his rivals - to take the championship lead but now it's time to change pace.

"We’ve had two weekends off after Catalunya, and it has been good to be able to disconnect a bit, spending a little time with my friends and enjoying the amazing experience of doing some laps on the RC213V-S at the Red Bull Ring last Tuesday - says Marquez - Anyway, I’m happy that the time to go racing at Assen has arrived, as it’s a track I really enjoy and, importantly, the first in a series of circuits that suit my riding style quite well."

He wants to start from there.

"Step by step, we’re making some small improvements to the bike, so in Assen we’ll keep working hard from the first session to find a good setup and try and fight for the podium again. The weather is particularly unpredictable there, so we’ll keep an eye on that also and try to be fast from the beginning of the weekend."

This is what Pedrosa wants too, after a season start that hasn't been disastrous, but neither has it been the best with just two third places scored in the first 7 races.

“It was nice to be able to put in some good laps at the last race in Catalunya, to enjoy a bit of fighting and to step back on the podium, but now we must focus on doing a good job in Assen as well. We’ll see what feeling we’ll have in different conditions: colder than recent races, and very high-speed. The chances of rain are always high there, so we hope to have enough dry sessions to do some good work, both for the race weekend and for the future."

Translated by Heather Watson

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