Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez is in the fortunate position that no matter what happens at this weekend’s upcoming Italian MotoGP he will still be leading the standings on Sunday night.
Marquez has won the last three races to currently sit 36-points clear of Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha) at the head of the standings after five races.
Heading to Mugello, the 25-year-old Marquez is very much ‘the man to beat’ having shown great pace in a recent private test at the Italian circuit.
— Marc Márquez (@marcmarquez93) May 29, 2018
In an interview, Marquez said he was very happy with how the season had started and was looking forward to the Mugello weekend.
“It’s good to go to Mugello with an advantage in the Championship, but we’re still in the early phase of the season and everything is very tight, so we must keep our feet well on the ground,” he said.
“We had a test at Mugello before the French GP and were able to be fast and very consistent. That’s good of course, but you always have to wait and see what situation you’re in when you start working for the race.
“There are always question marks regarding tyres, setup, temperatures, and so on. For instance, conditions will probably be warmer this weekend compared to when we tested, so we’ll just keep concentrating to try and manage well the usual ups and downs of preparing for a race.”
Marquez’ team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who heads to Mugello having struggled with recent injuries and crashes, is also looking forward to getting to grips with a track he likes.
“After a full week of rest following the Catalunya test, I’m really looking forward to going to race at Mugello,” Pedrosa said. “It’s a nice track that I like. It’s very fast, with many chicanes, and you must work hard to find a good setup because it’s particularly important to have a good feeling with the bike in all the corner entries.
“We had a test at Mugello at the beginning of May, so we’ll see if we’re able to start well beginning in FP1. I have a great relationship with Italy and Italian fans!”