MotoGP » 12 November 2013
Marc Marquez (MotoGP champion) - Q&A
“Jorge all the year complained about me, complained that I might [injure another] rider. And here [at Valencia] he had some movements even stronger”- Marc Marquez.
An edited version of a media teleconference with newly crowned rookie MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez organised by Indianapolis Motor Speedway...
I know there was a lot of anticipation about your arrival this year in MotoGP, and you have the championship pedigree. You've won the title in 2010. You won the title in 2012. But, in hindsight, when you first got on the bike for the first race at Qatar, was winning the world championship your ultimate goal for this season? Is this what you planned or was this a surprise?
No, of course I didn't expect that. No, the plan, yeah, my goal was to try to win not only in Qatar, but also always I have the mentality to try to fight for some podiums, for some victories. But I didn't expect to be constant there in the top and fight for the championship and get it in the end. It was a great surprise.
But from the beginning, I set records with the bike, and that was the most important.
We all know that RC213V is a great bike. Is there anything that you can think of that would make it better? Is there anything that you still want besides more power, which is obvious?
Yeah, sure, sure. We can improve many, many things, especially mid-corner then also edge grip in the mid-corner, too, we can improve. Exiting the corner also is traction we can improve, the stability too a little bit. But, yeah, the package was quite good, and I feel good on the bike.
You filled a pretty big vacancy (Casey Stoner) with the RC213V. You already answered your initial goals of joining the team about what you were looking forward to in the 2013 MotoGP. When did you realise you actually had a shot at this title?
When did I realise?
Yeah, when did you realise you could actually obtain the title?
Maybe I start to realise a little bit after Brno. Also then Silverstone, I had the injury, but I started to realise in that race because Dani was a hundred percent and I was able to fight with them and to win that race.
Who do you see as your biggest threat in 2014, and also what riders do you see coming up through the ranks like your brother Alex in Moto3? Who do you think will have a big opportunity in the future?
Yeah, 2014 will be changed a little bit because they're going to change the rules and that will be important to adapt the bike to those rules. But, anyway, I think Jorge will be strong. Dani will be strong. We will see also Espargaro, I think he can do a good job. We'll see if he can stay there every race.
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