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MotoGP Q&A - Marc Marquez

“Dani and Jorge will be hungry to beat me this year and also Valentino will be there as always” - Marc Marquez.
A brief interview with reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez, following the opening 2014 test session at Sepang, which saw the Repsol Honda rider fastest on all three days…

Q:
How have you spent the winter and did you have enough time to enjoy what you achieved of last year?

Marc Marquez:
“It went by so fast! Valencia only seems like yesterday! If I'm honest, sometimes it still feels like a dream and like it didn't really happen. My family are very good at keeping me grounded and making my feet stay on the ground. My town of Cervera hosted a big party for me after Valencia and that was something special, to see the whole town there celebrating. I'll never forget it!”

Q:
Away from racing what do you do to relax?

Marc Marquez:
“I play some video games and spend time with my family and my brother. We go training together, cycling or motocross. There really isn't that much down time in racing!”

Q:
Can you talk about the dirt track in Barcelona, how much fun was that night?

Marc Marquez:
“It was so much fun, I had a great time racing with lots of friends and in that kind of atmosphere, where there was no pressure, we could all just have a good time and enjoy what we love about this sport, riding motorbikes!”

Q:
Recently Repsol and Honda marked their 20 years together with a collection of the title winning bikes. How does it feel to follow in the footsteps of Doohan, Criville, Rossi, Hayden and Stoner?

Marc Marquez:
“This is something very special and I'm really honoured to be a part of this history and this story. Seeing my bike up on the stage next to all those famous bikes was a real dream, almost surreal. It helps to give me extra motivation this year!”

Q:
Last year you pretty much rewrote the record book! How does it feel to be compared to the likes of Spencer, Roberts, Rossi and the other legends of MotoGP?

Marc Marquez:
“It's a huge honour even if I don't know if I deserve this yet, it was only my first year!”

Q:
Retaining any title is historically very difficult with the pressures and expectations taking their toll on a sportsman. Have you any specific plans for dealing with the expectations that you face now?

Marc Marquez:
“Not really, we're just going to take each race weekend as it comes and deal with it in our own way, as always! Sure the pressure and expectation will be higher now, and if I take third or fourth, people will be surprised or judging this, but it's still a great position! I don't want to put too much pressure on myself, Dani and Jorge will be hungry to beat me this year and also Valentino will be there as always, we'll have to wait and see. For sure it's going to be a great contest!”

Q:
Obviously last year there were also some major talking points for Aragon, Philip Island and Jerez. How did you deal with the negatives of those incidents? Even experienced riders could have struggled after the black flag in Australia yet it seemed that you instantly moved on from it and focused on the next race.

Marc Marquez:
“Sometimes I can make a mistake and crash, and ruin the work from the whole weekend. Sometimes the team can make a mistake, this is normal. It's part of the teamwork to win as a team and lose as a team, mistakes can happen and we're only human! I'm fortunate I have good people around me to give me good advice and help me in these situations”

Q:
Looking forward to next year, you've brought in new mechanics to the team. Obviously you worked with them at Monlau in Moto2 but can you explain what drove your decision to make changes in the team even after so much success last year?

Marc Marquez:
“We spend so much time at the track together that your team become your family. It was always my dream to grow with my team and take them with me on this adventure. In the first season I realised I couldn't, but then mid-season I spoke to Honda and explained how important it was to me and they understood me which really appreciate. It has nothing to do with the team I already had, they were all great and very professional and good at their job, but I really wanted my team that I'd been with for a few years”

Q:
At Sepang we saw the Open bikes on track, Aleix was very quick whereas the Honda's struggled. How do you assess those bikes and do you think that with extra fuel and softer tyres that the Open Yamaha could be a threat at certain tracks this year?

Marc Marquez:
“Honestly, I don't know as I haven't ridden that bike so it's hard to say. Sure Aleix was very quick, it was impressive! We'll have to see in Qatar how the situation is…”

Q:
With only 20 litres of fuel available to factory riders this year do you have any concerns about fuel economy?

Marc Marquez:
“No, Honda has always been good in this area and I'm sure they've prepared for this situation”

Q:
What are the biggest changes on the bike for this year and how did the updates feel at Sepang 1?

Marc Marquez:
“There really aren't too many big changes apart from the Dorna instructed ECU and fuel limits. We had a new chassis in Sepang 1 which I feel better on and we're just working with new setups etc.”

Q:
How different did it feel for you at Sepang this year? With more experience did you notice a major change in your approach to last year?

Marc Marquez:
“I can't believe it's been a year already, I remember how nervous I was here last year and now I'm able to just enjoy it and work with the team to prepare for 2014”

Q:
As the world champion do you feel more pressure to speak up about issues affecting the sport? If so what do you see as the biggest threats?

Marc Marquez:
“No, I see this as a responsibility of all the riders”

Q:
A lot of rider contracts expire at the end of this season and it looks certain that there will be a lot of discussions about who will sign with the different factories. Will you be exploring the market or will you sign another contract with Honda?

Marc Marquez:
“Too early to say, obviously I'm very happy here, I have my team here now and a great bike, so it would be strange to move”

Q:
How do you expect your former Moto2 rivals Pol Espargaro and Scott Redding to adapt to MotoGP this year?

Marc Marquez:
“I'm sure they will adapt well, but again we'll have to wait until the lights go out in Qatar.”


Tagged as: Honda , Marquez

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TalentFan

February 16, 2014 10:33 AM

Nothing questions, schooled & PR perfect answers - saying nothing but the right sound bytes. If theres a slow day why not interview Colin? He may not be as fast as Marc, but at least he'll give you something worth writing down.



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