The 2016 MotoGP season has been an historic one with nine different race winners throughout the year. This is an all-time record in the 67 years of the sport with Honda’s reigning world champion, Marc Marquez securing more victories than anyone else so far this year.
With five wins to his credit, the Spaniard will be out to make that six on Sunday when he takes part in the final Grand Prix of a unique and thrilling 2016 MotoGP season at the Valencia circuit in Spain.
Marquez will ride in front of his home fans for the first time since securing his third MotoGP Riders World Championship at last month’s Japanese Grand Prix, but the job isn’t quite done as Honda still needs a few more points to make sure of a record-breaking 22nd Constructors World Championship in the premier-class.
“It has been good coming back home after the three flyaway races with the title already won, and to celebrate it with all my family and friends,” Marquez said. “I had the chance to chill out a bit and get back to my usual training, both indoors in the gym and outdoors with some motocross and cycling. ‘Thanks’ to the jetlag, I had the opportunity to enjoy some really spectacular dawns on my bicycle!”
Last year Marquez finished a close second and this year he will mark his 150th Grand Prix since his debut in the 125cc class at Estoril, Portugal, in 2008 so he will be aiming for the top step before heading out to testing the following day.
“The season isn’t over yet, as we’ll race in Valencia on Sunday, and after that we’ll have two important days of testing. Our target for the race is of course to try and finish on a high in front of our fans, possibly with a win or at least a podium.”