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Marquez is MotoGP’s ‘volcano’

"It's a show... this guy is a volcano!"
For Herve Poncharal, boss of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team, double MotoGP champion Marc Marquez's season was a “big disappointment”.

But that doesn't diminish what the Spaniard brings to the sport through his all-out riding style.

While Poncharal, whose team has been in grand prix since 1990, also loves the sublime smoothness of Jorge Lorenzo and excitement generated by Valentino Rossi, Marquez's ability to instantly 'wow' onlookers remains unparalleled.

“For me, Marquez is still the most exciting guy to watch. He is the type of rider I love to watch because everything is too much. But this is what we love,” Poncharal told “I think Marquez is as fast as Jorge, but the way they develop that performance is so different.

“With Jorge, if you didn't have a stopwatch you'd think he was warming up the tyres! But when you see Marc, you say 'f**k!' Every single corner he looks like he is going to crash. You think nobody in the world can go faster and this is so exciting.

“I love to watch Jorge riding because he is so clean and technical. But you have to be a connoisseur to appreciate it.

“But Marc, anybody - even if they are 75 years old and have never ridden on two-wheels - can look at the action on TV, especially with the incredible job Dorna is doing in slow motion, and 'wow!' It's a show. For that, he is our best ambassador for MotoGP because this guy is a volcano! Unbelievable. So I love to watch Marc and I think he has brought a lot to our sport.”

2015 was a year to forget for Marquez, whose hopes of a third straight title were extinguished by a series of falls from the unruly Repsol Honda. He eventually finished a distant third behind Yamaha stars Lorenzo and Rossi.

“As Marc says, he has learnt from his mistakes. Actually I'm not so sure because after some of his crashes this year he'd say 'I've learnt' and the next race or a few races later he'd crash again!” Poncharal smiled. “I think the riders on the final championship podium, one-two-three [Lorenzo, Rossi, Marquez], were clearly the best, the fastest and most exciting guys to watch.”

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January 11, 2016 5:49 AM

Medyo Bastos: People still think it's VR's fans when people say not so good things about MM. Well fk that. I am not a VR fan and I will call spade a spade. MM pissed all over the fan's faces with the way he handled the MotoGP races.
Well u sound a lot like a angry Valiban (Vale fan). Actually it was VR and his fanbase who p*ssed all over the sport. Making a up a nonexistent issue and then abusing other riders based on it is what they have been doing all these years. Gibernau, BIaggi, Lorenzo, Stoner can attest to that. Rossi saw how his fans were reacting to Iannoni after philip island and he saw an opportunity to attack Marquez hoping that it would destroy the man who could take away the "Greatest Ever" title from him.


January 11, 2016 4:04 AM

sage: Most exciting rider to watch guess you've never seen Jeremy McWilliams ride the Yamaha then..
C"mon mate give Herve a break. He is talking about present GP riders, not covering the whole gammit of Moto GP. Another interesting read. Why is he running a satellite team ? Lol.

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