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Rossi, Marquez are 'warriors' - Zarco

"To ride at this high speed we must be so, so focused...they are warriors. A warrior makes these kinds of decisions and sometimes it is a bad one," - Johann Zarco.
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Moto2 world champion Johann Zarco has called Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez 'warriors' and feels in the heat of battle it can be difficult to make the right decisions.

Zarco has produced an incredible season in Moto2 by storming to the world title with eight race wins and six further rostrum results, enabling him to seal his maiden championship with three rounds to spare in Japan.

With the pressure of a title fight off his shoulders the French rider was a keen onlooker in the MotoGP paddock when the season climax erupted as Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez clashed in Malaysia before the 'strange' atmosphere surrounding the season finale in Valencia.

Zarco refused to lay the blame for the incidents on any of the riders but felt some bad decisions were made and understood the mentality adopted by both Rossi and Marquez with their desire to win at all costs.

“Everybody was talking about this and in Valencia after my race when it was the MotoGP race when Lorenzo crossed the line and won, all the people at the circuit felt it was not the celebration they were waiting for all week,” Zarco exclusively told at Motorcycle Live. “It was something strange.

“I want to remember that to ride at this high speed we must be so, so focused so if they are on the top of the class this is because they are warriors. A warrior makes these kinds of decisions and sometimes it is a bad one.

“As a rider you have to make a decision and it is not easy to take the good one. Because we are all talking about it now I hope that we will forget about this problem and restart in 2016.”

Zarco is focusing on becoming the first rider in the Moto2 era to successfully defend the title and turned down a number of MotoGP offers for next season because he is seeking a 'competitive package' to step up with in 2017.

The French rider has been linked with a potential test rider role with KTM or Suzuki.

Click here to read the full exclusive interview with Johann Zarco

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December 06, 2015 6:59 PM

"I can not imagine how many championships Marquez or Lorenzo would have won, had they been racing against Biaggi, Gibernau and Barros in the early 00's." I think I see the point that you are trying to make but the answer would be a lot less than you think. On the one hand Rossi was at his peak then so they would have a fight on their hands., on the other we have absolutely no idea how Marc or Jorge would get on riding those all or nothing smokers anyway. But I guess you mean without Rossi being there. Be reminded that Rossi gained 'back to back' Titles when Casey was in the field, with Jorge and Dani there as well. He has also finished 2nd in the Championship in the last two years with Marc and Jorge at their peak. So if you are making out that Rossi had it easy you might well be wrong.

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