SILVERSTONE STARS: Marc Marquez (Honda, centre) on the podium after winning the 2014 British MotoGP from fellow-Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, right) and Italian Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) at Silverstone on Aug 31. Image: AP / Rui Vieira
SAN MARINO, Italy - Spain's MotoGP sensation Marc Marquez is on his way to this weekend's San Marino race intent on making it 12 wins from 13 races in a remarkable season.
The only blip on the 21-year-old Honda ace's year came in the Czech Republicbut he put his world to rights last time out at Silverstone, England, with a win that pushed him up to 288 points in the title race.
Dani Pedrosa is second on 199 and Italian veteran Valentino Rossi third on 189.
‘NICE ON TOP STEP’
The runaway series leader climbed the steps to the podium summit at Silverstone faster than it takes to say the official name of Sunday's 13th race of 2014 - the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.
Marquez told motogp.com: "It was nice to be back on the top step of the podium at Silverstone. The team did a great job the whole weekend. Now we head to Misano, a smaller and slower track than others on the calendar.
"We will have to work hard from Friday (Sept 12 2014) to get the bike’s set-up just right to suit the demands on braking at this twisty track and let's hope the weather is nice."
Pedrosa is hoping to emulate his winning performance here in 2010. "I'm looking forward to Misano," he said. "It's a short lap but intense with many overtaking points and it's quite bumpy, so set-up is key. Let's hope for an exciting race."
'DUCATI WAS A MISTAKE'
Nine-times MotoGP champion Rossi, meanwhile, is buzzing being back with Yamaha after a disappointing spell with Ducati and even enjoying sparring with Jorge Lorenzo, fourth in the overall standings.
Rossi told motogp.com: "It was a mistake to go to Ducati because I was annoyed with Yamaha. After winning the title with Yamaha in 2004 and 2005, after so many years in which Yamaha had been struggling, Yamaha decided to bring a very strong team mate (Jorge Lorenzo) and then I got really annoyed.
"Now I understand I was wrong. Also because the treatment in the Yamaha box has always been very equal. This year Yamaha has made a big effort for me, to create the conditions for me in which I can give my maximum, but they also do their best for Lorenzo and I can say we are 50/50 in terms of
importance in the team."