MotoGP: Marquez aiming for five in a row at Indianapolis
Marc Marquez is aiming for a fifth-straight race win at the Brickyard this Sunday to kick-start his stalled MotoGP title defense.
Honda star Marquez trails championship leader and Yamaha rival Valentino Rossi by 65 points going into Sunday’s Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Marquez is also 52 points behind Jorge Lorenzo as he faces the massive challenge of trying catch not one, but two supremely fast Yamaha riders.
Marquez has dominated the infield road course here for the past four years – winning twice in MotoGP (2013 and’14) and before that twice in Moto2 (2011 and ’12).
He comes to the 10th race of the season having won the German GP before the summer break and is now enjoying racing again having switched back to the comfort zone of the 2014 chassis for his Honda RC213V.
It was on this frame that Marquez won 10 consecutive races last year to easily win a second consecutive world title.
The task of winning three titles in a row is proving much tougher and Marquez is now in the unfamiliar role of being the chaser and not the front-runner.
"Last year my situation was much better and I know that Valentino and Jorge are really far ahead but the most important thing is that I am enjoying riding the bike again," Marquez said.
"Since the pre-season in Malaysia it was difficult to find this feeling.
"But I have really enjoyed the last two races (Holland and Germany) so I hope it continues and then the results will come.
"We will see in Valencia at the final race what my position is.
“Of course 65 points is a lot to be behind for the first part of the season, but maybe they can lose points in the second part!
"I know it’s not easy and it’s a big difference but of course we will try to focus like at the last two races and try to push at the limit and see what happens.”
Marquez has a stellar record racing in America, not just at Indianapolis. He has won three successive MotoGP races at COTA in Texas.
If Marquez wins at the Brickyard on Sunday he will go six-for-six in MotoGP premiere class starts on American soil.