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Marquez ‘trying not to think’ of MotoGP title chance

“I will try not to think about it too much - even if I know it would be great to achieve this on Honda's home soil” - Marc Marquez.
After errors at Misano and Aragon, Marc Marquez has his first chance to wrap-up the 2014 MotoGP title in Honda's home event at Motegi this weekend.

Winner of eleven of the opening twelve races, the all-action 21-year-old has scored just four points in the past two rounds.

The Spaniard fell while fighting to stay with race leader Valentino Rossi at Misano, then tried to defy the increasing rain at Aragon, slipping out of the lead with just three laps remaining.

But an almost identical error by team-mate and nearest rival Dani Pedrosa, combined with an early exit for third in the championship Rossi, meant Marquez actually increased his advantage by a single point.

If Marquez can maintain his present 75-point lead by the end of Sunday's Japanese race he will be crowned champion for a second time, with three rounds still remaining. Pedrosa is 75 points behind Marquez, Rossi 78 points and Jorge Lorenzo 90 points.

“Aragón was a difficult situation and we learnt a valuable lesson,” said Marquez, who won his first MotoGP title as a rookie in last year's final round showdown with Lorenzo. “However, we were lucky that we didn't lose points to our rivals and now I know that in Japan it's my first chance to take the Championship.

“I will try not to think about it too much - even if I know it would be great to achieve this on Honda's home soil - we will go there and work hard from day one and treat it as a normal race weekend and push for the victory on Sunday.

“Last year was my first visit to Motegi on a MotoGP machine and it was a very difficult weekend, so we hope to have more dry track time this year to find a good setup!”

Marquez finished second to Yamaha's Lorenzo at Motegi last season. Victory on Sunday would also allow Marquez to equal Mick Doohan's all-time record of twelve wins in a season, dating back to 1997.

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October 07, 2014 11:56 AM

All he has to do is average 6.25 points per race, and he's guaranteed the title, even if DP wins all the remaining races. So far his average per race is just under 21 points...and if the other three with a theoretical chance share the results around, Marquez's task is even simpler. He doesn't NEED to think about the title. He practically only needs to keep it upright, and resist the temptation to react impulsively to being passed. Of course, riders like to anything can stll happen, but we all know Marquez will be champion again this year unless he gets hurt, and he'd still quite likely win.

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