Ferrari F1 star Fernando Alonso attended the Italian MotoGP on Saturday, when the double world champion met with leading riders including Marc Marquez.
21-year-old Marquez has taken MotoGP by storm, claiming the premier-class crown at his first attempt, then winning all five races of this season from pole position.
After extending his unbeaten pole run to six at Mugello, Marquez spoke about his meeting with Alonso.
“I've never met him before and it was so nice to speak with a Formula One driver. It was his first time and he said it was unbelievable to see MotoGP live,” said Marquez.
“Then we spoke about Formula One. We had the same opinion - if you have a good car, you can [do well] and if you have the worst car it is impossible. The car makes the difference [for success] not the driver.
“About MotoGP he said that on the TV everything looks easy, that we are so smooth, but when you are here you can see that the bike is moving and sliding all the time. We had the same opinion, that with the bike, with your body and riding style you are able to manage and improve the [performance] of the bike.”
Marquez then revealed that he would like to follow in the footsteps of Valentino Rossi by trying an F1 car. “Someday I would like to try. I don't know when. Not early [soon].”
Which car? “We will see what is the situation, but of course now Red Bull [his personal sponsor]!”
However a more obvious F1 opportunity is on the horizon.
Honda, which recently re-signed Marquez until the end of 2016, is returning to F1 as the engine partner for McLaren next year.
Told about the move, Marquez replied: “Ah! So [I'd like to try the] Honda car!”