By Stephen English
Rookie Marc Marquez opened up a 16 point lead in the MotoGP World Championship with his second victory in a row, at Laguna Seca on Sunday.
The Repsol Honda star has adapted the premier class with such ease that he already appears to be a seasoned veteran. Speaking after his third MotoGP victory the 20 year old said:
"I am very happy with the result. In the race we struggled a little bit on full tanks and it was very easy to make a small mistake and lose the front. I warmed the tyres and when I felt everything was ready I started to push."
Once he decided to push, he was able to dispatch of Valentino Rossi with a spectacular move at the Corkscrew and then close in on Stefan Bradl, taking the lead at half distance.
With injured championship rivals Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo left to salvage fifth and sixth places, Marquez - who took the lead by two points last Sunday in Germany - suddenly has a healthy advantage.
"What's important is that I feel so good on the bike,” said the 125 and Moto2 champion. “We will see what happens in the second half of the season, but it would be interesting to see what it is like when Jorge and Dani are fully fit.
“That will be more difficult but in Germany and here we had a big opportunity to win two races and we did that."
The next race of the season is three weeks away and, while he would prefer to race again immediately, Marquez did admit that it was important to, "Take a holiday, try and relax and recharge my batteries."