Marquez moves on from Qatar setback

Marc Marquez has set his sights on a "normal" race in Texas this weekend following a disappointing display at the season-opener in Qatar.

The Repsol Honda rider is odds on favourite to win a third consecutive title this year, but he made a shaky start at the Losail circuit last time out as he finished down in fifth following a mistake at the first corner.

Marquez, though, will be looking to make amends at the Circuit of the Americas and he has every reason to be optimistic about his chances as won there in 2013 and 2014.

"I'm really looking forward to getting to Austin and putting Qatar behind us," he said. "The Circuit of The Americas is one of my favourite circuits and I have good memories of taking my first win in the MotoGP class, back in 2013, and also winning there last year."

He added: "We need to work hard from FP1 and then keep this momentum for the whole weekend and have a 'normal' race."

Marquez will have a new team-mate in Austin with HRC test rider Hiroshi Aoyama replacing Dani Pedrosa, who has undergone surgery to alleviate a problem with his arm pump.

"I'm really sorry for Dani, myself and the whole team wish him a speedy recovery," Marquez said. "We welcome Hiroshi to the team and will help him how we can."