Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez is targeting a MotoGP podium at the very least in Sunday’s Brno round as the title chase is so close that big points are now vital at every race.
The Spaniard has a five-point lead over compatriot Maverick Vinales at the top of the table but knows just how demanding the Czech Republic track is.
“Such a close season is exciting but also very demanding, meaning that you have to always keep your concentration high and try to constantly be at the best level possible, adapting to every situation,” said Marquez.
“So 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. Brno is a nice track but one of the most demanding, with many changes of direction and uphill and downhill sections. We’ll try to make the best of the work we’ve done during the test and to prepare to fight for the podium on Sunday.”
It is believed both Marquez and team-mate Dani Pedrosa tested a new chassis at Brno during the summer break but the team have remained tight-lipped as to the results.