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Indianapolis preview: Marc Marquez surprised at MotoGP success

Maruqez is currently 16 points ahead of his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa who is in second place.
Maruqez is currently 16 points ahead of his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa who is in second place.
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Tuesday, 13, Aug 2013 03:34

by Daniel Mackrell

MotoGP leader Marc Marquez has revealed his surprise at the good form he has enjoyed so far during his first season in the premier class.

The rookie will be continuing the defence of his MotoGP lead in Indianapolis over the weekend (16-18 August).

The 20-year-old said: "The target was especially in the races, try to finish the races and try to get some points.

"And then before to finish the first part of the season, try to get some volume. And then on the second part, to be close on the podium and try to win some races."

Marquez extended his lead just before the halfway point of the season when he became the first rookie to win Laguna Seca.

He currently sits 16 points ahead of his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa in second place, and is 26 points ahead of the defending champion Jorge Lorenzo who is in third place.

Marquez is not letting this success go to his head and he said recently that he will need some luck to win the championship this season as "anything can happen".

The MotoGP rookie has been taking it easy during the mid-season break, but has been gradually getting ready for his return to the tracks.

Discussing his mid-season preparations, the 20-year-old said: "For one week I try to disconnect a little bit, try to take some free time, tried to relax, and then I come back and, you know, some bicycle, some running, some gym, some dirt track and overall, I did all those kind of things."

Marquez has had a good record at Indianapolis, registering two wins at Moto2 level, and the rider has said that he likes the American style, but it will prove to be a different test for the rookie when he is competing alongside MotoGP veterans like Valentino Rossi this weekend.

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