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Published: 11:52 | 16/5/18

Marquez hopes to build on "good momentum" at Le Mans

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez says he hopes to build on "good momentum" in the French Grand Prix at the historic Le Mans circuit on Sunday.

The Honda rider leads this season's drivers' championship by 12 points from Yamaha's Johann Zarco after back-to-back victories in Austin, Texas and then his Spanish homeland in Jerez.

It is a huge upturn in fortunes after finishing second to Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso in the season-opener in Qatar and then colliding with Yamaha's Valentino Rossi in Argentina on his way to a lowly 18th in the race. 

Veteran Rossi had claimed at the time that last year's runner-up Dovizioso was the man to beat this year having accused four-time champion Marquez of "destroying our sport" after the collision.

You can watch the MotoGP Grand Prix de France live and exclusive on the eir sport pack on BT Sport 2 over the weekend of 18-20 May.

Marquez has not had an easy time of it at Le Mans in the past, having won just once in five MotoGP attempts, with 13th and a retirement in his last two outings there.

Marquez said: “Le Mans is a track where we’ll have to work hard and do our best to try and keep the good momentum. 

"In the past, we’ve been able to win or get on the podium there on some occasions, and other times we’ve struggled to get on pace, but as I always say, every season is different. 

"Of course there will be question marks about the weather, the tyres, and the setup, but our mentality and approach will be the same as always: positive. 

"This year we’re already at a good level as we head to France, so we’ll see how the weekend goes. We’ll try to start well beginning on Friday and then fight for the podium on Sunday.”

You can watch the MotoGP Grand Prix de France live and exclusive on the eir sport pack on BT Sport 2 over the weekend of 18-20 May.

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