Marquez back in the hunt

Marc Marquez successful weekend at the Circuit of the Americas has put him right back in the hunt to defend his world championship.

The Spaniard completed a dominant weekend in Austin, Texas, with a win from pole position on Sunday that moves him into third position on the riders' standings, 18 points behind championship leader Valentino Rossi.

Prior to Sunday, there had been some doubts around Marquez's form on the Honda after a fourth place finish oin Qatar and a crash in Argentina .

"I heard a comment I was out of the championship and we are too far, but the championship is really long," quipped the 24-year-old after the race.

"It was a difficult race because the temperature was much higher than yesterday and then before the race I said to my chief mechanic, 'I want to go with the hard front'.

"In the end there was no way to stay with the medium because I know that I push a lot with the front tyre and at the beginning of the race I was trying to take care, trying to understand where was the limit of this tyre. I didn't try a lot on Friday [the tyre] and I was behind Dani [Pedrosa], trying to manage the race. 

"Then when I saw that he was suffering a little bit and also Valentino, I said it was time to attack. It was the perfect race for me, really consistent, under control and I'm really happy to be back again in the championship."

Marquez will look to continue his form at his home grand prix in Jerez in Spain on 7 May.