Reigning champion Marquez may be leading the standings but his route to the top hasn’t been plain sailing. Despite taking his now-traditional win at the Circuit of the Americas, he suffered crashes at both Argentina and France. Crashes that remind him of the importance of consistency and not just outright speed.
Gone are the days of 2014 when he won the opening 10 races. Marquez is instead having to focus on improving his Repsol Honda and the added dimension brought by this year’s Michelins.
Another factor in his up and down start to the year is that he was a little rattled by the arrival of superfast former sparring partner Maverick Viñales. Having been outpaced in the opening races by the Yamaha man, Marquez is concentrating on a very strategic campaign – striking where he can (his favoured anti-clockwise circuits of Texas and Sachsenring) and taking safe points elsewhere.
Things haven’t exactly gone his way so far, but Marquez is still the man to beat