Perfection is almost always impossible to achieve in any endeavor, but most particularly in motorcycle racing. But Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez is certainly making headway. The reigning MotoGP World Champion is undefeated so far this year and he’s had a very nearly perfect season as he heads into round eight of the World Championship series at the Iveco Daily TT Assen on Saturday.
So far this year, Marquez has won every MotoGP race and he has also secured every pole position save one. He missed out on pole at the most recent Spanish MotoGP after his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa posted the fastest qualifying lap time. Furthermore, the race saw the Spanish duo battling it out right down to the last lap at Catalunya, with Marquez taking the win and Pedrosa finishing third behind Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi in second.
Needless to say, Marquez is motivated to pick up another win this weekend at the Dutch TT. Last year, he finished second at Assen, though he’s won three times there in the past. One victory came in the 125cc class and he picked up the other two in Moto2.
"We are still in enjoying a really good momentum but we know it can’t go on forever,” Marquez said. “I really like Assen and have had some good results in the lower categories, and last year we took second in my first visit there on the MotoGP machine. The weather is always unpredictable there so we will, as always, work hard from the first session to find a good setup."
Repsol Honda’s Pedrosa is also enthusiastic about this weekend’s race. Fully recovered from the forearm issues he’s suffered in the past, Pedrosa is looking for his first win of 2014 in the Netherlands. Although he finished fourth there last year, Pedrosa has a solid history at Assen. It was at the Dutch circuit in 2002 that he took his first MotoGP victory.
"It was good to be back at the front and fighting in Catalunya,” Pedrosa said. “I’m looking forward to going to Assen and hope I’m one step fitter again as last year I didn’t really have a good race, so I hope to improve."The weather is usually tricky so you must make the most of any dry track time," Pedrosa continued. "I like the track but it’s important to find a good setting and feeling with the tyres as there are a few very fast corners."
Going into this weekend’s race, Marquez leads the title chase while Rossi sits in second and Pedrosa is third.