The last two editions of the San Marino GP have been won by Honda, with Marquez in 2015 and Pedrosa in 2016. A good business card to present at Misano, a track at which the two Spaniards tested just a couple of weeks ago, as did their Ducati and Yamaha rivals.
If Marc could score the win, it would be the best response after the Silverstone disappointment, where his Honda left him at the side of the track in a cloud of white smoke. A heavy blow, that saw Marquez lose the championship lead to Dovizioso.
And Andrea will be fighting on home turf, at what is his and Ducati's local track.
“We’ll try and have a great weekend in Misano, putting the last race behind us - says Marquez - The important thing is that lately we’ve been competitive at all kinds of tracks, so now we go to Misano, which has a twisty, tight layout, with the same approach and mentality that have worked very well for us so far."
The private test will give him a good base on which to build the weekend.
“We’ll look to be as strong as possible, not with victory as the only target but ready to fight for it if we have the opportunity to do so. We’ll work to get the best result possible. We had a positive test there in August, so we’ll go there ready to start well beginning on Friday morning."
He didn't have any technical failures, but the English GP wasn't good for Pedrosa who has lost ground in the standings. Dani copes well with the twists and turns of the Italian track and is also hoping to do well.
"I’m looking forward to the Misano race and it's a track I like. There are always a lot of fans there, and an incredible atmosphere. I have good memories there and I've enjoyed some strong results, so I hope to be able to work well in every session. A couple of weeks ago we had a test there that went quite well, and hopefully that will help us to get things going in the right direction right from the beginning of the weekend.”