MAR­QUEZ OUT TO SLAY SIL­VER­STONE DE­MONS

Af­ter crash­ing out last year, Mar­quez wants to prove he can mas­ter the Bri­tish GP

Motorcycle News (UK) - - 2016 Motorgp Silverstone Preview - By Si­mon Pat­ter­son MCN MO­TOGP RE­PORTER

Marc Mar­quez has a point to prove at Sil­ver­stone af­ter a dis­as­trous race last year. And he’ll be de­ter­mined to keep his arch ri­vals at arm’s length in the ti­tle chase.

Crash­ing out of the race while bat­tling Valentino Rossi for the win in treach­er­ous con­di­tions, the Spa­niard says that there’s un­fin­ished busi­ness at the Northamp­ton­shire track.

“When you crash you al­ways want to come back to get that win­ning feel­ing back! It’ll be an­other in­ter­est­ing race again this year though, be­cause the weather there is al­ways a ques­tion mark.”

Tak­ing a win at the Bri­tish Grand Prix – some­thing that he’s proved well ca­pa­ble of do­ing in the past – would give the dou­ble world cham­pion a chance to put one hand on the 2016 ti­tle. And while he ad­mits that the track can be one of the most dif­fi­cult and un­pre­dictable of the sea­son, it should also help to neu­tralise the points his ri­vals have clawed back in re­cent weeks.

“Of course I’m look­ing for­ward to Sil­ver­stone be­cause it’s a cir­cuit that I re­ally like. It’s got many bumps, it’s dif­fi­cult to ride, and it has tricky weather, but it’s also quite even.

“Sil­ver­stone is a fast and wide track and I think it is hard to find a rider that doesn’t like it. The first sec­tion with all the chi­canes is cru­cial to your lap time. If you can get through that part fast and con­sis­tent you can make a good lap time. Find­ing a set-up can be tricky.”

Con­tain­ing a nice mix of both fast and slow cor­ners, it should mean that the high-speed ad­van­tage of the Du­catis will be slightly nul­li­fied. And fast cor­ners like Wood­cote should also help the Rep­sol Honda rider, as the dif­fi­cult-to-man­age RC213V is not the best bike push­ing hard out of tight bends.

He added: “If the weather is dry, then Jorge will be fast. The Du­cati rid­ers will be fast too though, be­cause there are some big ac­cel­er­a­tions for them. With Valentino, we don’t know. It’s a cir­cuit where he’s strug­gled a lit­tle bit more in the past – but then last year he won! But it’s a nice cir­cuit and I al­ways en­joy it there.”

Win­ners! Mar­quez and Rep­sol Honda did the busi­ness at Sil­ver­stone in 2014 Mar­quez hopes to have an­other tro­phy to match his 2014 one In Moto2 2012, Mar­quez could only man­age third place

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