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MotoGP Japan: Marquez: I was scared, but I am only human too

Marc Marquez confessed nerves got the better of him at the beginning of the Japanese MotoGP as he set out to secure the world title at Honda's home track at Motegi
Marc Marquez adapted a different strategy at the Japanese MotoGP to ensure he clinched the title in Honda's backyard, focusing only on finishing ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi.

The Repsol Honda rider arrived at Motegi on the back of two difficult rounds at Misano and Aragon, where he claimed only four points.

Marquez admitted he was 'scared' at the beginning of the race but he soon settled into his rhythm and achieved his aim of beating Rossi to finish second behind Jorge Lorenzo, wrapping up his second MotoGP title with three rounds still to go.

“Today is like a dream and my target was to finish in front of Valentino and Dani,” Marquez said: “In the beginning of the race I was not like always; I was not aggressive and at the first corner I lost a lot of places because I was scared. But I think it is normal because I am human too and I feel the pressure.

“In the beginning I was really stiff but then I started to understand the race more. I forgot Jorge and was just focused on Valentino, I tried to overtake him to win the world championship.

“Maybe at the beginning of the race I needed to push more and try to follow Jorge, but that was not my target today,” he added.

“Today was difficult because it was the first chance to win the title and especially because we are coming from Misano and Aragon where I made two mistakes. I know that another mistake here would not be the end of the world, but it would be not so good for the confidence.”

It was a day of double celebration for the Marquez family, with Alex taking victory in the Moto3 race to the delight of his older brother.

“I was so nervous with his race and when I saw his victory I was really happy, but later I was focused a lot, especially in the warm-up,” said Marquez.

“The race was more difficult because the pressure was there but in the end we got it. I want to dedicate this title to all the people who have helped me - they know who they are - and especially to my family and the team, who are the foundation for all of this.”

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October 12, 2014 2:19 PM

lux: Though it must take time something away from the world championship celebration if you don't actually win the race?
Not sure what your reference is but many championship titles were won in the smart way where the rider settled for what he needed to secure the championship...Marquez did the same last what he needed to win the title...Jorge in 2010, Sepang settled for 4th and the title, and 2012, I believe he also wrapped up the title without the win.. so this is normal... Sure a win with the title is great but he has time to achieve that as Rossi did with some of his titles. With him all settled and the championship out of the way he has 3 races to break Doohan's record....


October 12, 2014 5:49 PM

At last he got the title! After the disaster in the last two races he and Honda must have been getting nervous. Looking forward to see what he does now that the preassure is off, probably win every race? Battle for 2nd is really tight... Can't wait for Phillip island.

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