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Marc Marquez - Q&A

A Repsol generated Q&A with rookie 2013 MotoGP title leader Marc Marquez.
Marc Marquez has taken MotoGP by storm this year, winning three races and finishing on the podium in eight of the nine events so far.

The 20-year-old reigning Moto2 champion is currently 16 points clear of Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa...

Q:
Which race have you liked best this season?

Marc Marquez:
"There are several, but Austin was special —the first victory for me. I also liked Laguna Seca. It was a new track for me, which I had not ever ridden at, it's a special circuit. I also loved the Jerez race because I pushed 100%. There are several races in which I could have done better, some worse, but overall I'm happy, except for Mugello, which was a weekend with crashes and a fall in the race with just two laps remaining and I lost some valuable points."

Q:
How did it feel to win a MotoGP race?

Marc Marquez:
"After the Austin test I saw that there could be a good opportunity to get the first win, but you always have your doubts — because a test is not like a grand prix weekend. In the race things are completely different. When I won the race, at first it felt like just another victory. But when I got home, I felt that a win in MotoGP is not just any victory, it is something special and I was thrilled. I remembered all the people who had helped me achieve it."

Q:
Do you think it is normal to win in only your second race?

Marc Marquez:
"No, but a lot depends on the circumstances. By winning, it means that we did something right. The Austin circuit suited me right from the start, but maybe if this grand prix had been held at the end of the championship, the victory would have come at the end of the season — you never know. It was a new track for everyone and it helped me a lot to have done the test there."

Q:
They say that 125cc and 250cc were the best preparation for MotoGP. What did you learn from your experience in Moto2?

Marc Marquez:
"The truth is that I cannot compare 250cc with Moto2, because I never raced in 250cc. But maybe when I jumped from 125cc to Moto2 I suffered slightly more than when moving up to MotoGP. The move from Moto2 to MotoGP is not as big as from 250cc, because I had ridden with a four-stroke engine in Moto2 and the weight of the bike is similar to a MotoGP machine. With the electronics you have to adapt a lot, but the rest is pretty similar. Also, the tyre profile is quite similar. There are positives and, probably, some negatives.

“In Moto2 I learned many things. In 125cc it is different because you can go all-out from start to finish, but in Moto2 you need to learn to manage tyres, and adapt to a full or empty tank, which is an aspect that you almost do not notice with the smaller bikes. It is also a closely fought category where you and your team make the difference. We learned many things and all this experience helps us in MotoGP now.”

Q:
Was it more fun than MotoGP?

Marc Marquez:
"It depends on the race. I enjoy riding in MotoGP most, because in Moto2 there was always chatter or something, and the bike was never going perfect. We were all equal and the difference had to be made by the rider. MotoGP is the most enjoyable class, but perhaps the most fun races were in Moto2. Now, at each circuit I still suffer some chatter, but compared to Moto2 it is almost nothing."

Q:
How do you overtake with such heavy bikes?

Marc Marquez:
"In MotoGP overtaking is tough, because the bike weighs a lot and you have to be very confident when you pass. Especially when braking, because with carbon discs it is right at the last second. The tyre also allows you to brake very hard, so we see little overtaking. We also go very fast and you need to have your passes planned, although when a rival is in reach you can adapt your plan a little more.”

Q:
Marc Marquez will be World Champion in 2013 if ...

Marc Marquez:
"If he's lucky! I do not want to think about it because, as we have seen in the last two races, in a championship anything can happen. There is still half of the season left and these last two races have gone pretty well, but we have to see things in the real conditions, with Pedrosa and Lorenzo fully recovered. Meanwhile, we are getting these results and, as we are right up there, there's chance."

Q:
All the races you've finished, you've placed on the podium. How do you explain that?

Marc Marquez:



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dacron

August 01, 2013 12:37 PM

Motojunky...stoner never complained about the chatter , he complained about ..why.. they had chatter , two tyre changes and removing the existing ones from being an option left the bikes screwed , the chatter MM is getting at repsol is a pinprick compared to what stoner and pedrosa had to deal with last year.



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