Márquez set for 100th start this weekend
29 April 2014 – Repsol Honda rider and defending Champion Marc Márquez will celebrate his 100th GP start at Jerez this weekend as MotoGP returns to Europe for the Gran Premio de España.
Márquez, who made his debut in 2008 in 125cc - now Moto3, has been unbeatable so far this year and took his third win in succession on Sunday in Argentina. He will now be out to make it four wins in a row this Sunday, but isn't underestimating the challenge that will come from team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo. Indeed he has reiterated that he expects them to be strong and while has finished in second on three occasions at the Andalusian track - in 2009, 2012 and 2013 - victory has so far eluded him.
"Argentina was only a few days ago but we are already on our way to Spain. We had a really good weekend, taking another important 25 points, but now we go to Jerez where I know [fellow countrymen] Dani and Jorge are very strong," he confirmed.
"The crowd and ambiance is very special at Jerez and it gives you special motivation to perform at your maximum level," he added.
"After three fly away races it will [also] be nice to arrive back in Europe for a few 'normal' races. I'll try to relax a little now and prepare myself [to be] ready for Friday's FP1," he concluded.