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Marquez: New era depends on more than one rider

“The start of a new era depends on more than just one rider” - Marc Marquez.
Marc Marquez feels it is too early to call his MotoGP title victory the start of a new era.

The 20-year-old became the youngest ever premier-class champion - and first rookie title winner since 1978 - after a tense title showdown with Jorge Lorenzo at Valencia.

It also made Marquez the first MotoGP champion to graduate from the Moto2 category, which replaced 250cc in 2010.

This year's Moto2 top two of Pol Espargaro and Scott Redding will reach MotoGP next season, joining former rivals Marquez, Stefan Bradl, Bradley Smith and Andrea Iannone.

Asked if his own arrival marked the beginning of a new phase or changing of the guard in MotoGP, Marquez replied:

"We won the title, but the start of a new era depends on more than just one rider. This year I've come up and now Pol and Scott are making the jump. There is always young talent moving up and when we arrive, we want to prove our worth and make a name for ourselves.

“The age thing is relative. At the time Jorge and Dani came up, they rode some very good opening seasons in MotoGP and it's hard to say it's a new era now, because they are still very young."

Double champion Lorenzo is 26 and Marquez's team-mate Pedrosa 28.

As well as Redding and Espargaro, Marquez will be reunited with more of his former mechanics next season.

"I am very happy and excited to have the same team with me that I had up until this season,” he said. “Some of them have worked with me back when I was 11 and to be back with them is a dream come true and I have to thank the Repsol Honda Team. Now we will have to show that we are a good team together."

Marquez and his revised crew got off to a perfect start by leading this week's Valencia post-race test.

"You could see that they [the mechanics] were much more tense than usual,” he said.

“I was very careful, because they too have had a lot of work to do, a lot to learn, and have had to serve their apprenticeship. But we have already seen that between the first day and the last day they have improved and increasingly are getting to know the bike.

“The important thing is that this winter they will have to go to Japan to take an intensive course, and it will be then that they will know their way around the bike with their eyes closed, like any good mechanic."

Marquez is not expected back on track until the first official test of 2014, at Sepang in early February.





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