After a year without competing at the track, Marc Márquez and Pol Espargaró will contest the Dutch GP this weekend in the runup to the summer break.
Marc Márquez, who arrives in the Netherlands off a victory at the Sachsenring, will look to continue his physical recovery and adaptation to the RC123V at Assen. The Repsol Honda Team rider has been on the podium 10 times at this weekend's venue: Once in 125cc, twice in Moto2 and seven times in MotoGP. He has achieved 2 victories in the premier class at the Dutch circuit.
Pol Espargaró is ready to continue his progression, improve his performances in qualifying and his results on raceday. The Repsol Honda Team rider was third at the track in 2010 when racing in 125cc, and was victorious there in his title-winning Moto2 season in 2013.
After the Dutch GP, the Repsol Honda Team riders will have a month off, in which they will take the opportunity to rest and prepare for the second half of the season.
Marc Márquez - Repsol Honda Team rider
“We have enjoyed our moment after the Sachsenring, with the team, with my family and with those who helped me. But now we focus again and get ready for Assen, in the past we have had good results there but of course our situation is different now. The weather is looking very cold and wet, especially after what we’ve seen in Germany. So we will keep working to improve our situation and see what’s possible.”
Pol Espargaró - Repsol Honda Team rider
“It’s great to return to Assen after one year away, it’s a historic track and it’s always great to ride these tracks. Our weekend in Germany was not perfect but we arrive with a clear mind and ready to go again. For sure it looks like the weather will complicate things a bit, but no matter what we keep working to achieve our best. The objective is to have a weekend without problems to put all the pieces together.”