He is a formidable replacement and someone the public have warmed to, which is something that Casey didn't have. A lot of people have sat up and taken notice of
Marquez's style and daring,
and he is bringing new fans to the sport.
After three races there are only four points covering the top three riders, and it promises to be one of the great title battles.
The weather could play a part this weekend, as Le Mans is not renowned for its sunshine - it has as much good weather as Silverstone! It has rained there a lot in recent years and it could affect the outcome of the race.
Briton Cal Crutchlow is one rider who could go well. He is quick no matter what the conditions and has been brilliant all season. If it's wet, I think he could even win the race.
I don't think that Cal believes he can win a race in the dry, but in the wet he does. He could sit on the grid in the wet and really believe that he could win, which is so important.
Cal is undoubtedly doing enough to be on a factory bike, which is all he wants, but the fact is that there isn't one for him at the moment.
All he can do is keep going, and beating Valentino Rossi as often as he can. Next season, the only spots in factory teams he can really look at are likely to come from replacing Nicky Hayden at the Ducati team, which I think he would take, or maybe going into a new Suzuki team if they do return to the paddock.
Both of those would be a gamble as I would say neither bike is as fast as Cal's current Tech 3 Yamaha, but he wants to be in a full factory team.
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