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Motorsport | MotoGP

Marc, Dani aim to maintain momentum



Repsol Honda Team riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa arrive to race at Le Mans this week hoping to keep the momentum going having dominated the last two races in Spain and the USA.

At Jerez, Pedrosa won his first race of the 2017 MotoGP campaign with Marquez ending second and prior to that in the US on April 23, Marquez won at COTA and Pedrosa finished third.

After their recent form, the Honda duo are challenging for the championship lead with Marquez four points behind leader Valentino Rossi on his Yamaha and six points further back sits Pedrosa.

In an interview carried by the Honda racing site, Pedrosa said the team were feeling in a very positive mood heading to La Mans for this weekend's racing.

"After a great weekend in Jerez, we now head to Le Mans in a very positive mood. The French GP is always challenging," said Pedrosa.

"To begin with the weather is usually quite changeable which makes it difficult to find rhythm in the practice sessions or to plan how to improve, run by run because it may be too cold or the total opposite, very hot.

"The track itself is very short and the smallest differences in lap times can make a great difference in the standings. I hope the bike works well on the new asphalt.

"You need good acceleration and good braking, but consistency is the real key. We are working well with the team and we'll try to maintain the same level there."

Marquez acknowledged that La Mans was enjoyable but said it was a difficult circuit as it was narrow with stop-and-go corners.

"Le Mans is particular and different from many other layouts of the Championship," said Marquez. "It's a really narrow, short track with a lot of stop-and-go corners.

"To make an example, it's the opposite of the Montmelo circuit [Circuit de Catalunya], but still quite enjoyable. The surface is new and we’ll discover it on Friday morning.

"The grip should be better and that’s positive for us riders and also for the fans because it means a better show. We must wait and see how it goes there – this year it’s even more difficult to make any predictions.

"We just have to continue like we've done in the last races, working hard, with the right mentality, because the championship is once again very close."



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