THE stakes are excessive for general chief Marc Marquez and a bunching chasing pack when a historically-tight Moto GP championship resumes from its summer time break at Brno, Czech Republic this weekend.
Marquez, the Spanish Honda rider who won the German GP before the summer break, tops the rankings on 129 factors, 5 forward of fellow Spaniard Maverick Vinales on a Yamaha.
Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso on a Ducati is third on 123 factors, forward of compatriot and the game’s legend Valentino Rossi on a Yamaha with 119.
With simply 10 factors separating the highest 4, it’s the closest the championship has even been on the halfway level of the season.
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“Brno is a nice track but one of the most demanding, with many changes of direction and uphill and downhill sections,” Marquez advised motogp.com.
The three-time MotoGP world champion, who gained his solely top-class race at Brno in 2013, did testing on the 5.4km circuit through the summer time break.
“It was good to go testing at Brno during the summer break because it allowed us to work on the bike and stay focused on the job,” stated Marquez, who completed third at Brno final yr behind winner Cal Crutchlow and Rossi.
“We’ll attempt to make the most effective of the work we’ve finished through the check and to organize to struggle for the rostrum on Sunday.
“Such an in depth season is thrilling but in addition very demanding, which means that it’s a must to all the time maintain your focus excessive and attempt to always be at one of the best degree potential, adapting to each state of affairs.”
Besides the testing, the 24-year-old Marquez spent a part of the summer time break together with his buddies, identical to his closest rival Vinales, who’s 22.
“I’ve enjoyed the summer break a lot. I spent it with friends and family, but now I can’t wait to be back aboard my Yamaha YZR-M1 again,” stated Vinales, who completed ninth at Brno final yr.
“We should be targeted on the second half of the season as it’s going to be essential if we need to struggle for the championship title. There is not any room for errors.
“I’ve been coaching throughout these weeks to be prepared for Brno and Austria, two tracks that I actually like and the place I feel that I might be robust.”
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MOTOGP CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
MotoGP 1. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 129 pts, 2. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Yamaha) 124, three. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 123, four. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 119, 5. Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) 103, 6. Johann Zarco (FRA/Yamaha Tech3) 84, 7. Jonas Folger (GER/ Yahama Tech3) 71, eight. Danilo Petrucci (ITA/Ducati Pramac) 66, 9. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Ducati) 65, 10. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/LCR Honda) 64
Moto 2 1. Franco Morbidelli (ITA/Kalex) 173 pts, 2. Thomas Luethi (SUI/Kalex) 136, three. Miguel Oliveira (POR/KTM) 114, four. Alex Marquez (ESP/Kalex) 113, 5. Mattia Pasini (ITA/Kalex) 93, 6. Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/Kalex) 77, 7. Takaaki Nakagami (JPN/Kalex) 68, eight. Simone Corsi (ITA/Speed Up) 52, 9. Dominique Aegerter (SUI/Suter) 50, 10. Marcel Schrotter (GER/Suter) 44
Moto three 1. Joan Mir (ESP/Honda) 165 pts, 2. Romano Fenati (ITA/Honda) 128, three. Aron Canet (ESP/Honda) 110, four. Jorge Martin (ESP/Honda) 89, 5. Fabio Di Giannantonio (ITA/Honda) 85, 6. John McPhee (GBR/Honda) 83, 7. Marcos Ramirez (ESP/KTM) 79, eight. Andrea Migno (ITA/KTM) 78, 9. Enea Bastianini (ITA/Honda) 59, 10. Juanfran Guevara (ESP/KTM)
Originally revealed as Stakes high as historic MotoGP season resumes