A media teleconference with rookie MotoGP title leader Marc Marquez, organised by Indianapolis Motor Speedway, venue for this weekend's tenth round of the 2013 world championship...
Good afternoon, everyone. Today our guest is current MotoGP World Championship leader, Marc Marquez.
Just a little background about Marc. Marc is from Spain. He is, as I said, leading the World Championship standings. He has a 16-point lead over his teammate and two time Red Bull Indianapolis GP winner Dani Pedrosa and a 26-point lead over reigning world champion and 2009 Indianapolis winner, Jorge Lorenzo.
Marc has won three races this season, including the last two heading into the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, and he also has won twice here in Indianapolis winning in Moto2 the last two years.
Marc, thank you very much for taking the time to join us.
You've won here twice at Indianapolis, but on the Moto2 bikes. What is it about this circuit that suits your style? What do you like about this circuit?
You know, generally, I like the American style also, and we go in another circuit that's in America, I feel so good.
But especially here in Indianapolis, I won the last two years, and that is good news to go there because you feel a little bit different, but Indianapolis, it's always special from its history. The track is quite particular and you need to concentrate.
You're leading the World Championship, you've won three races and you're the absolute phenomena of the 2013 season, and Casey Stoner is developing the 2014 bike. How do you feel about that?
Yes, thank you very much. You know, I feel so good. You know, for us it's quite important. I didn't have information about the Motegi test because I didn't speak with the Japanese guys, but... Casey, I feel that he's so fast and he put the bike on the limit there in that test, and I think it's important for Honda, for Dani and for me, because he [tested] the parts and all the limits. Sometimes you can test parts but if you are not on the correct lap times or you didn't push a lot, then you cannot feel [everything]... Testing with Casey there will be important.
MotoGP bikes absolutely fly at Indianapolis, top speed. How fast is your bike going to be at Indianapolis? How fast do you guess?
In Indianapolis, yeah, it's one of the longest straights in the World Championship. I don't know which is the top speed for the MotoGP bike because I never ride there with MotoGP bike, but sure will be around 340, 350 (km/h), more or less.
I didn't know exactly, but sure, we will arrive quite quick on the end of the straight
Are you surprised by all the success and does it catch you kind of by surprise that it's gone so well this season?