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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?

Marc Marquez:
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?

Marc Marquez:
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?

Marc Marquez:
When did I realise?

Yeah, when did you realise you could actually obtain the title?

Marc Marquez:
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?

Marc Marquez:
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.

Related Pictures

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Marquez, World Champion, Team, Valencia MotoGP Race 2013
Espargaro at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga celebrate Suzuka win (pic: Yamaha)
Casey Stoner at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic:
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga win Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Casey Stoner at Suzuka (pic: Musashi)
Pol Espargaro at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Pol Espargaro tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Pol Espargaro tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga ready for Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Marc Marquez tests at Misano (pic: Honda)
Dani Pedrosa tests 2016 Honda (pic: Honda).
Marquez testing at Misano (pic: Honda)
Pol Espargaro, German MotoGP 2015
Pol Espargaro, German MotoGP 2015
Aleix Espargaro, German MotoGP 2015
Pedrosa, German MotoGP 2015
Marquez, German MotoGP 2015

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November 13, 2013 7:53 AM

The last few questions peaked my interest, I had wondered if maybe after the accident in moto2 and the subsequent surgery if he now suffered from myopia, might explain why he sometimes has to take evasive cornering action when following other riders! :D The guy is wicked fast and I look forward to the challenge he brings to the series next year.


November 14, 2013 12:51 PM

Unlike CS and JL, no air of arrogance and completely humble. A truly deserving champion who I hope keeps his feet on the ground and continues to deliver thrilling racing. Congratulations Marc.

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