Marc Marquez says he can appreciate winning the 2014 MotoGP World Championship more after his dominant first-half of the season was tempered with uncharacteristic errors directly leading up to his title success.

Ten consecutive wins from the start of the season all-but-ensured Marquez would comfortably defend his MotoGP title, with the more pressing question being a case of 'when' rather than 'if' he secured the crown.

However, after a flawless first-half of the year, Marquez's crash in Misano and then again in the difficult weather conditions of Aragon suggested he was beginning to feel the pressure and though his errors weren't enough to reignite the title fight, it did serve to create some unpredictability.

Indeed, with Marquez going to seal the title with three races remaining during the Japanese Grand Prix in Motegi with a run to second place behind Jorge Lorenzo, the Spaniard admits those mistakes likely came as a result of him being 'too confident' with his substantial advantage.

"The truth is that the mistakes over these last few races have made me appreciate winning the World Championship more, because the first part of the season was very good, but it seemed as if the title didn't want to come" he said.

"I made some mistakes, perhaps caused by too much confidence knowing that I had a significant advantage. Those early victories allowed me the luxury of taking a few more risks than usual. But I was very determined that I wanted to win the title in Japan, at the home of Honda, and that is also very nice."

Having made history in 2013 by winning the MotoGP world title at his first attempt, Marquez says his rapid gains in 2014 are more down to adapting the bike to his riding style rather than improving the bike itself.

"You try to improve in all aspects, but it is true that I have adapted much better to the bike-rider package. We have developed a chassis more focused on our riding style and that has helped me to concentrate more on improving as a rider, and not so much on making the bike itself better."

Three races of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship season remain in Phillip Island, Sepang and Valencia.


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Intelligent comments by Marc and it shows increasing maturity to go with his obvious ability.
One thing that has not been mentioned but seems to have played a part is that Honda appears to have taken their eye off the ball. The RC213V was totally dominant in the first half of the season but both the Yamaha and Ducati have improved significantly as the year has gone on. Could it be that Honda thought they had it in the bag and concentrated on the 2015 bike without continuing to improve their 2014 machine?

So...does Mark try and help Dani finish second in the championship, or just ride ride balls out and try to win every race, set more records, and let what ever happens for second, just happen?

I hope for the second...