Marc Marquez may be on the brink of an all-time MotoGP win streak, but the Spaniard insists he isn't afraid of losing.
The Repsol Honda star is undefeated in all ten races so far this year and a further victory in this Sunday's Czech Republic round would make him the only person in history to win the opening eleven events.
“I'm not afraid to lose some race because I know it will happen,” said the 21-year-old. “But I feel the pressure because it looks like if I don't win it will be a disaster. And it's not like that. I know that it will happen some Sunday. At that time it will be important on my side to be intelligent and understand I cannot win and I need to finish second or third, to take points for the championship.”
Reflecting on his stunning season so far, Marquez named the thrilling home win at Catalunya as the best to date.
“One of the best was Montmelo. My home circuit, a very nice race and my brother won too [in the Moto3 class]. It was the first weekend where we won on the same Sunday and it was very special. I think that was the best moment,” he explained.
“The strongest rival? It depends on the race. For example in Qatar it was Valentino, in Mugello it was Jorge, in Montmelo it was Dani. Now it looks like Jorge, Valentino and Dani are at a similar level. They will be strong to fight, but we will try to be even stronger.
“It looks like everything is closer now, so we need to concentrate even more.”
Marquez arrives at Brno fresh from victory at Indianapolis on Sunday, where he seemed content to let others battle for the lad in the early stages before taking over on lap 11 of 27.
Had he been holding back?
“You never play, but maybe it is true I was able to be a little faster at the first part of the race,” he said. “But one of the most difficult things at Indianapolis is managing the tyres, especially the rear tyre. For that reason I was calm at the beginning and tried to manage the tyres to attack in the second half of the race.”
Free practice at Brno starts on Friday morning.
Worryingly for his rivals, Marquez and team-mate Dani Pedrosa have the advantage of recent test data to start from.
“We did a test here less than a month ago. That was important because more-or-less we found a good set-up. Of course the track will change because it was so slippery. I think the most important factor this weekend could be the weather because it looks unstable.”