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MotoGP Misano: Marquez 'Time to change mentality'

"Aragon will be an exception because it's a home race! But in the other races, try to change the mentality and take points for the championship" - Marc Marquez.
After suffering his first race fall since Mugello 2013, MotoGP champion Marc Marquez claimed he will change his victory mentality - but not until after Aragon.

The 21-year-old has always maintained he would settle for a podium if a win wasn't possible, only to fight furiously for many of his eleven wins from twelve starts prior to Misano.

The Repsol Honda star was just few tenths behind race leader Valentino Rossi when he fell on lap 10 of Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix, re-joining to finish 15th.The only other race Marquez has not won this year was Brno, when he finished in fourth place.

“Until this race my mentality was try to fight for the victory every race, because the [championship] advantage was big,” Marquez said. “I don't want to manage that advantage with another position, I tried to manage it from the side of taking more risk.

“Today I took the risk, tried to follow Valentino, but Valentino and also Lorenzo were a little stronger than us today. I tried to push and was able to follow him, but now maybe is the time to change that mentality.

“OK, Aragon will be an exception because it's a home race! But in the other races, try to change the mentality and take points for the championship.”

Marquez now holds a reduced 74-point title lead over team-mate Dani Pedrosa with five rounds remaining. The points lost on Sunday mean it is no longer mathematically possible to wrap up the championship at Aragon.

However Marquez is comfortably on course to do so in Honda's following home race at Motegi, where he will be crowned champion if he holds a lead of at least 75 points.

One further win this season would put Marquez level with Mick Doohan's all-time record of twelve victories from 1997.

Tagged as: Honda , Marquez

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September 15, 2014 10:00 AM

He must be very aware that the championship is his unless he makes a mistake. One injury could see his amazing work all come undone. History remembers championships and talent/characters rather than individual races (unless they're very special). He's done more than enough to make sure we remember his talent and likeable character, he needs to concentrate on getting the back to back championships now. Just taking his riding down 2% would be enough to stay competitive and significantly reduce the chances of something unexpected happening as a result of pushing too hard. This weekend will have made that point very clear to him. Nothing wrong with settling for 2nd and 3rd at this stage in the championship. Sensible chap. Shows how mature he's become. A worthy champion.


September 15, 2014 12:00 PM

A stupid in name of evolution is posting here... please guys done care to reply to his posts... i never agreed or disagreed or replied to his post... i can't tolerate seeing people respond him... BTW i am a Rossi fan too but there is a limit for everything... Rossi isn't a guy with super natural powers and Marc isn't a puppy of his... Both know to put sword on each others throat on track and embrace with hugs in park ferme... Rossi has incredible fan following in the world of motor sport... he is surely an incredible talent but bragging about it too much makes it ugly and unacceptable... people bash Rossi not because him but because of people like evolution... When Rossi says he can be competitive against his rivals... evolution will translate like his rivals are no match to Rossi...

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