17 October 2013
Australian MotoGP: Marc Marquez - Q&A
“I would like to race with Casey too, it would be interesting, but this is life. Maybe one day he comes back” – Marc Marquez.
By Stephen English
An interview with rookie Repsol Honda MotoGP star Marc Marquez, who has his first chance to win the 2013 title this weekend at at Phillip Island...
As a rookie have you surprised yourself with how quickly you adapted to MotoGP?
Yes, of course. In the beginning when I came to MotoGP, I thought maybe my riding style would have to change and I would have to adapt it to the bigger bikes, but in fact I've made it work and now I'm feeling very comfortable on the bike. Since Germany I've felt more 'at-one' with the bike and able to play around on it a little more, rather than it leading me so much.
What do you attribute to doing so well this year, most other Moto2 riders have struggled initially in MotoGP?
Honestly I cannot say! We've just been working hard all season – since pre-season, and trying to learn as much as possible. Everyone at Honda has been great in helping me and I've learned so much. We approach each GP weekend in the same way, without pressure, just to study and absorb as much information as possible.
How difficult is the step is from Moto2 to MotoGP and what were the biggest challenges that you faced and how did it compare to moving from 125s to Moto2?
For me it was more difficult moving from 125cc to Moto2 than Moto2 to MotoGP. This year, as I said, the team helped me a lot. The first time I rode the bike, there were many things to control, I thought that I would never learn to ride the bike well: electronics, tyres, brakes, the correct riding line, etc. Now I feel very good on the bike.
It's been a rookie season unlike any other but what were your own expectations before Qatar?
The idea was learn as much as possible to be ready in 2014. A year of adaptation to the new bike and from the half of the season to the end, try to make podiums and fight for one victory maybe.
Your style of riding receives a lot of publicity but what do you think of your rivals styles and what attribute of theirs would you like to incorporate into yours?
Honestly, this is the style I had in Moto2 and I guess in MotoGP it looks a little more exaggerated! I tried to adapt it but in the end I wasn't able to, and it seems that it's working!
How much of a benefit have you felt from working with Casey's crew from last year and being able to use his settings as a baseline ahead of most weekend's?
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