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Motorsport | MotoGP

Marquez confident of bouncing back



Defending MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez admits that the start to the 2017 season has been far from ideal.

During pre-season testing, the Honda rider struggled to match the pace set by Yamaha's Maverick Vinales. Now, Marquez finds himself 37 points behind championship leader Vinales after just two races.

Marquez only managed a fourth-place finish in Qatar, then, unfortunately, crashed out while leading in Argentina on Sunday.

"In your career, you always have good and tough situations...I don't like to say 'bad'," the 24-year-old told motorsport.com.

"But it's in these moments that you have to try to learn and get better. We weren't so good at the start of the last season and we won.

"This year we didn't start in the best way, but there is a long season left. We have to learn what we did wrong to improve the bike.

"I'm eighth in the championship, I'm behind right now. But is important to know that we are at a good level because we fell in Argentina in the lead."

Despite the poor start, in retrospect, Marquez revealed he felt more pressure to perform in 2016.

"I felt more pressure last year," confirmed the three-time MotoGP world champion.

"Of course you feel the pressure to be there, to fight for the championship.

"And it looks like both Yamaha riders, not only Maverick, also Valentino [Rossi] in the practice is not there but in the race, both Yamaha riders are really strong.

"They have a really good package, they are really consistent and we need to work together with Honda to try to find a better way to improve our results."

The 2017 MotoGP season continues at the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on 23 April.



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