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Marquez: MotoGP titles matter more than records
16 June 2014
After setting the pace in Monday's test at the Circuit de Catalunya, MotoGP champion Marc Marquez reflected further on Sunday's stunning victory and what it means to keep breaking records.
Marquez kept his perfect season alive with a seventh straight win, decided in his favour with just a few corners to go when Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa clipped his rear wheel.
It was a suitably dramatic conclusion to the best race of the season, which saw Marquez, Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi fighting wheel-to-wheel throughout the 25 laps.
“I saw the race on TV. Honestly it was quite on the limit!” laughed Marquez. “On the TV I saw the bike was quite moving a lot, but everyone was on the limit. I think it was really nice for all the fans.
“Yesterday the fastest rider in the last laps was Dani. When he overtook me I overtook him back really quick to try to stop him, because I knew his rhythm was really good especially with used tyres.”
Marquez's latest victory made him the youngest rider to win seven premier-class races in a row, taking the record from Rossi in 2002. With the 21-year-old making history at almost every race, which are the records that he cares about most?
“Every race people give me information [about new records] and it is another motivation because it means you are on the good way,” replied Marquez.
“But my target is to win titles, not win a lot of races. Because in the end, in the future after many years, what people remember is how many titles you have. Not how many races you won.”
Marquez became the youngest ever premier-class champion with victory in his rookie 2013 season.
During Monday's test Marquez set the pace with a time of 1m 41.184s, putting him 0.040s ahead of Bradley Smith.
“There were no new parts for the bike just a different strategy for the electronics to try to improve the fuel consumption of bits and the stability on the exit of the corners,” he said. “Honestly we expected one thing but in the end it was another, I wasn't quite comfortably, but we got a lot of information for Honda.”
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