|Dayle Ashley Nolasco |||Jun 26, 2015 05:37 AM EDT|
(Photo : Getty Images) SCARPERIA, ITALY - JUNE 01: Marc Marquez of Spain and Repsol Honda Team heads rounds the bend during the Michelin tires test during the MotoGp Tests At Mugello at Mugello Circuit on June 1, 2015 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)
The reigning MotoGp Champion Marc Marquez is on the verge of losing his for a third straight MotoGP title this year, as he's facing 69 points behind the Championship leader Telefonica Movistar Yamaha Racing Valentino Rossi ahead of this weekend grand prix in Assen.
The youngest two-time MotoGp World Champion began the worst season ever in his grand prix career, having crashed out three times already in the past seven races this season. After a string of setbacks on the race track, the Spaniard is now uncertain if he can still regain the points he lost to keep up the bid for the covenant MotoGp title.
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The Repsol Honda Star has a little to lose by taking a risk this weekend round at Assen. So, he decided to throw his cards by using the 2014 RC213v chassis with the 2015 engine, updated swingarm and exhaust which he tested during the post-race test in Montomelo.
In a recent interview with Crash.net, the 22-year old Marquez said that he's feeling good with the chassis change. Even though he didn't get into the full evaluation of it because of a rain storm during the post-race test, he was able to do more mistakes and less risk using the old chassis. Also, the weather in Holland is very unstable and it is important to consider it.
"With the 2014 chassis I can make more mistakes and try to change the line in the middle of the corner and avoid the mistake," Marquez said via Fox Sports.net. "The chassis is better on corner entry. I am able to be more constant on the race pace. The other chassis (2015) was critical. It was really good to make one lap really fast but for the race distance it was difficult."
On the other hand, the 2015 chassis was really quick in one lap, but in the race it's quite hard to control and to be consistent through the race distance. Marcquez hopes their gamble will pay off on race day, as he seeks to return on the podium.
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