Marc Marquez says he will have no hesitation in challenging Jorge Lorenzo for victory should the pair go into the final lap on equal terms at Valencia.
Lorenzo is challenging for the MotoGP World Championship but Marquez says the Majorcan shouldn't expect an easy ride if the pair are disputing the lead, although he did vow to employ a risk management strategy to his overtaking moves given the high stakes involved, should such a scenario materialise on Sunday.
“It will be interesting to arrive in the final lap like this [fighting with Lorenzo], but like in Australia if I see clear and I see the space, I will try because in the end the best way to finish is with a victory," Marquez.
“But, like I say in Australia, if I see a lot of risk, then we will see, but if it just close gap or a small space, then we will try."
Meanwhile, Marquez feels the front tyre overheating problems encountered by the Honda riders at Valencia could have a detrimental impact on his prospects of signing off with a victory.
The Repsol Honda star expects to have to manage his race strategy accordingly, similar to how he claims he was forced to ride at Phillip Island to counter the issue by slackening his pace for a few laps to allow the tyre to cool off before increasing the tempo once more – a situation that resulted in claims by Valentino Rossi that Marquez was interfering with the Italian's race.
The 22-year-old clinched second place on the grid in final qualifying but was almost half-a-second off the pace of Lorenzo's new record pole lap and admits the Movistar Yamaha rider sets the benchmark at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.
“Honestly, I did a good first lap but I did a few mistakes and I say maybe I can improve. But then I made a mistake with the second tyre and I was in the box and saw the lap time of Jorge,” said Marquez.
“I say maybe I can improve but not much, not like him, but anyway I tried and I tried to go over the limit and I nearly crashed and I lose some tenths.
“Anyway, happy with the front row; of course the target was to try to get on the pole but the second target was to try to be on the front row. For tomorrow, it looks like we have a good rhythm, we will see,” he added.
“I think it is a question mark to see how is the tyre after ten laps or 15 laps in a row because it looks like ten laps here, everybody overheats a little bit both tyres, front and rear, so we will try to manage well the situation and try to stay with Jorge, who looks like the strongest one.”
Elaborating further on the overheating issues affecting the front tyre in particular, Marquez says he hopes Sunday's forecast cooler temperatures will help alleviate the problem.
“Normally with Honda we are pushing a lot to the front tyre; normally we are using a lot the hard front tyre but here nobody expect this temperature and 32 [compound] is quite a soft option – okay the hard option, but is a soft tyre – so we are struggling there,” he said.
“We try to change the balance of the bike to try to avoid this problem but then when you avoid this problem, there are coming other ones.
“We try to manage well and looks like tomorrow they say it will be a little bit colder, this maybe will help us.”