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Q&A: Marc Marquez.

Apart from being a fast rider, obviously, you need a good bike and team package to get a good set up. In such a tight category, this results in tenths of a second that make the difference. You have to be ambitious; you need someone to give you good advice, and on the track, you have to be decisive and come out of the turns fast to pick up speed.

Q:
Over the last two years, we have seen you grow, not only as a rider, but also physically. Do you still carry ballast? Where is it most noticeable?

Marc Marquez:
Now I hardly carry ballast and you really notice it when changing direction. In circuits like Brno in the Czech Republic it's a lot easier to move the bike. Not only because of the lighter burden, but also because I now weigh more. I've filled out and that allows me to move the bike more easily, more forcibly and lean more. All this helps, and little by little, I've changed my riding style to gain more traction and lift the bike earlier in the turns.

Q:
Last year, you shared the Repsol KTM team garage with Julian Simon, who returned to 125cc this year and won the championship. What did you think of his season?

Marc Marquez:
He was the clear winner and he deserved it. He was very constant and in many races he didn't leave any options open, clocking up a very fast pace from the first day. We have to congratulate him. He had to win, but that did not weight him down and he did it, proving that he is an outstanding rider and that he will continue going very fast in the future.

Q:
Which of your races did you most enjoy?

Marc Marquez:
Donington Park, with the track dry, I was battling for the podium and it was a good race. Jerez, too. In races in which there was a battle and I was up front fighting it out; those are the races I most enjoyed.

Q:
Which riders do you think will be strong for next season?

Marc Marquez:
There will probably be many, like this year, although the most consistent riders will have the best options in the end. We'll have to wait and see what happens in the pre-season, which riders quickly move up and catch up with the fastest, because things can always change and new rivals can arrive. But, in principle, they will be Bradley Smith, Nico Terol and Pol Espargaró and I'm sure that there will be one or two others. We'll try and be in the fight with them.

Q:
Who is the most intelligent, the most 'dangerous', in closely-fought races?

Marc Marquez:
At the end of a race, all rivals are dangerous. Smith is very hard to stop if he picks up a good pace from the start and Espargaró and Terol are hard to beat.

Q:
With KTM pulling out, what do you expect from your first outing with Aprilia?

Marc Marquez:
I hope to adapt as quickly as possible. From what Julio [Simon] has told me, it will be easier for me to adapt coming from the KTM because the chassis is similar, but I'll have to try it. The engine is more constant and that was the biggest difference on the track because it always seems to perform well, so we'll have to test a lot and do a good job to understand it fully and get a good base for the season.

Q:
Where does Marc Marquez have to improve to win races and fight for the title?

Marc Marquez:
I think that my weakest point is consistency. It is important to finish races because that's where you gain experience and it allows you to win and opt for the title. You also have to constantly polish your riding style a little.

Q:
How are you going to approach next season?

Marc Marquez:


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