MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez is refreshed and raring to go ahead of the resumption of racing this weekend in the Czech Republic following the summer break.
Defending champion Marquez claimed top spot for the first time this season in the last race before the break with a win in Germany, but things remain extremely close.
The top five riders in the Championship – Marquez (129 points), Maverick Viñales, Andrea Dovizioso, Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa (103) are separated by just 26 points, while the top four are within 10 points of each other.
Still, the 24-year-old Spaniard is confident given his record at the Brno circuit.
Marquez holds the pole record of 1'54.596 and has recorded two wins at Brno, in MotoGP 2013 and Moto2 2012, as well as three podium finishes.
He also took part in a two-day testing session at Brno on July 17 and 18, which he said helped a lot.
“I enjoyed having time to rest and go to the sea with some friends, but I also used this long summer break to train for the second part of the Championship,” said Marquez.
— Marc Márquez (@marcmarquez93) August 1, 2017
“Such a close season is exciting but also very demanding, meaning that you have to always keep your concentration high and try to constantly be at the best level possible, adapting to every situation.
“So it was good to go testing at Brno during the summer break because it allowed us to work on the bike and stay focused on the job.
“Brno is a nice track but one of the most demanding, with many changes of direction and uphill and downhill sections. We’ll try to make the best of the work we’ve done during the test and to prepare to fight for the podium on Sunday.”