Marquez looks to build on strong showing

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2021 MotoGP World Championship

Round 14

San Marino and Rimini Riviera Grand Prix

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli

Sunday 19 September 2021


Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez will look to build on a strong showing this past weekend when the 2021 MotoGP World Championship holds Round 14, the San Marino and Rimini Riviera Grand Prix, at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on the afternoon of Sunday 19 September.


Marquez put in a fantastic ride at the Aragon Grand Prix in Spain this past Sunday, coming home in second place behind first-time MotoGP race winner Francesco Bagnaia of Lenovo Ducati. The six-time premier class world champion passed ‘Pecco’ several times in the dying laps, but was unable to make the move stick.

Fabio Quartararo
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“The result was still excellent for both me and the Honda team, after such a difficult season being able to be competitive at these levels gives us a lot of confidence,” explained Marquez. “I felt a lot of pressure this weekend, both physical and mental. By now I know that when I try to ride as a I would like, I risk losing the front and crashing.”


Marquez was disappointed to finish in second place, but given his continuing recovery from a career-threatening arm injury the Spaniard appreciated a podium finish. He is also excited that Honda is set to bring upgrades to their bike from this weekend.

Joan Mir
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Starting from Misano would be positive in order to arrive in Malaysia already at a good point,” said the 28-year-old. “Obviously it is a prototype but the goal is to improve power and top speed. The transfer of power from the torque to the wheels is what we will work on, but obviously we will have to find a compromise between that and the handling of the bike."


Marquez has risen to 10th on the Riders’ Championship standings thanks to his runner-up finish at Aragon, as he competes with the likes of Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM), Maverick Vinales and Aleix Esparagaro (Gresini Aprilia).


Riders’ Championship standings

1 – Fabio Quartararo, Monster Energy Yamaha, 214 points

2 – Francesco Bagnaia, Lenovo Ducati, 161

3 – Joan Mir, Ecstar Suzuki, 157

4 – Johann Zarco, Pramac Ducati, 137

5 – Jack Miller, Lenovo Ducati, 129


Teams’ Championship standings

1 – Monster Energy Yamaha, 309 points

2 – Lenovo Ducati, 290

3 – Ecstar Suzuki, 225

4 – Pramac Ducati, 212

5 – Red Bull KTM, 204


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Published: 09/16/2021