Marc Mar­quez

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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

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