The Repsol Honda rider will be looking to continue his brilliant run so far this season, although he admits that his home track is not his favorite. Despite those rostrum results, Marquez has not tasted victory at Montmelo since 2010 in the 125 class.
However, the Spaniard is in imperious form and sits at the top of the standings with a maximum 150 point tally from six races and a lead of 53 points in the World Championship over nearest rival Valentino Rossi. This is the largest points advantage after the first six races in the MotoGP class since 2005, when Rossi had a 58-point lead over Marco Melandri after the opening six rounds.
By winning in Catalunya Marquez could become only the second rider to win seven successive MotoGP races since the category was introduced in 2002 as the premier class of Grand Prix racing. The only other rider to win seven successive MotoGP races is Rossi in 2002.
“I really enjoyed the battle in Mugello with Jorge (Lorenzo), it was so nice,” said Marquez. “Now we head home to Montmelo which is a track that I haven’t enjoyed myself at so much in the past but the layout is good and with another year’s experience I hope the situation will be different this time. My fan club all make the journey to come and support us and this gives me extra motivation, so I hope we can put on a good show for them all.”