6 August 2010
125: Marc Marquez – Interview
In March you smashed the circuit record, you were strong in testing, you started from 'pole'. Did you think you would win the race?
“Well, I made it onto the podium the year before and Jerez has always been good for me. In the pre-season I was first in all the testing we did and always rode easily and with the ability to set very good times. Yes I was confident I could win but you always know that anything can happen, such as your rivals making a step forward and moving ahead, but it's true that I believed that we were ready to fight for the win”.
We are now in the middle of the championship and you are leading by 26 and 39 points over Pol Espagaró and Nico Terol. Did you think that could happen?
“The objective and hope that we had from the beginning was to get to the mid-point of the championship close to the front, fighting for the top positions. The truth is that I didn't expect to get here with this margin and, even less after Jerez, but we have been able to win five races in a row which has allowed us to make up the 32 point disadvantage we had at Le Mans. Also, Pol and Nico have made mistakes now too and they have equalled my number of 'zeros', although Nico had even worse luck to get injured and miss the German race. In any case, the reality is that we have this advantage which reflects the good work we've been doing, but we have to be very conscious of the fact that there is still half the championship left to go”.
You have been in the World Championships two and a half years and have had five wins but they have all come at once. Did you think they would come sooner?
“That always depends on a lot of factors, in the same way that winning five times in a row also depends on whether the circuits are good for you or not, on the form of your rivals etc. Yes it's true that last year I would have liked to get a win, but it wasn't to be for different reasons, as much for my mistakes as problems with a bike which didn't end up being as competitive as that of my rivals”.
One of the secrets of this season seems to be the strong relationships within your team. What is special about the group of people you are working with?
“It's a team with a very family-feeling, very friendly, there aren't many of us in it but all are very good at their work and the most important thing is that we have formed a very good relationship. The moment I go into the garage with the bike, when I tell them my thoughts, they quickly know what I need. I think that part of the success is the experience they have, as well as the great atmosphere between everyone and this gives the team even more strength”.
What has it been like to work with Aki Ajo?
“He's a person who had already been pointed out to me for his good skills in working on a two-stroke motorbike, those we are using in 125cc, and that's why I decided to race with him. He's got lots of experience and has worked with a lot of manufacturers such as Derbi, Malagutti and Honda and, at the end of last season I was watching his way of working, how fast Cortese's bike always was or when di Meglio won the World Championships. He's a team boss with experience, clear ideas and with great aptitude when it comes to setting-up both the engine and the chassis. The performance of the bike is always very consistent, that's the most important thing and it's never failed me in any test”.
It was said that the RSA, both the Derbi and Aprilia, was a very sensitive and difficult motorbike, but on the other hand, from the beginning, it has always been very fast. What is the most difficult thing about this bike?
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