This weekend at Misano, the Repsol Honda Team will celebrate their 450th Grand Prix. The first riders to wear the energy company's colours were Mick Doohan, Álex Crivillé and Shinichi Ito, back in the 1995 season. Some 26 years later, Marc Márquez and Pol Espargaró will represent the team at the EmiliaRomagnaGrand Prix.
After two weeks of racing inactivity following Marc Márquez' victory at the Grand Prix of The Americas, the Repsol Honda Team rider returns to Misano with the aim of continuing to progress step-by-step.
The eight-time World Champion finished fourth at his last race at Misano, on September 19th. Márquez is seventh in the overall standings and has a chance of finishing in the Top 5 before the end of the campaign.
Pol Espargaró faces the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix focusing on all the improvements that he made during the two days of testing after the most recent Grand Prix at Misano. One month ago, the Repsol Honda Team rider finished seventh at the track.
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"We come back to Misano in a better situation, each weekend we have been able to improve a little bit more. Now we start the last three races of the year so hopefully we can continue the trend of recent rounds and end the season well. Last race here I had a very funny battle with Miller and Mir so hopefully we can be fighting once again. Let’s see what will happen, conditions could be quite different even if it’s just a few weeks later."
"It’s time to focus and end the season with a strong last three races. There’s some good potential going into Misano, especially after the test where we were able to try more things. Everyone else has also had a lot of time in Misano so it’s going to be a fast weekend from the start but I think going there a few weeks later could change the situation with the temperature and the weather. Like always, we need to work from Friday and have a good Saturday to be in a position to fight on Sunday."