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Marquez: Time before Jerez seemed to be longer than ever …

MotoGP winning champion Marc Marquez is trying to get back on track and turn his page to Austin's mistake during his first Spanish home tournament this weekend in Jerez.

Repsol Honda stared at COTA's seventh consecutive victory until he slipped from the ninth lap of the comfortable lead.

This error also cost Marquez the lead title and he has now fallen to fourth at the World Championship, though only nine points behind the new leader Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati).

"Jerez is always a special race because it's the first in Europe and there is a lot of support from the Spanish fans," Marquez said.

"Of course we approach it just like every weekend, with how tight the championship is, we need to make the most of every moment on the track."

"Time between America and here seemed longer than ever, I look forward to coming back by bike."

Marquez won last year's race in Jerez more than five seconds after Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso were eliminated in a dramatic clash in the 18th round.

Significant resurfacing took place from last year's test in Jerez, where Marquez set the second fastest time behind Lak's Takaaki Nakagami before embarking on shoulder surgery.

The three races so far this season have been gone to Dovizioso, Marquez and Alex Rins.

Like Marquez and teammate Jorge Lorenzo, HRC test driver Stefan Bradl will take part this weekend.

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