1 September 2016
MotoGP Great Britain: Marquez: Title race entering critical phase
'We know that now we are in an important part of the season because now is Silverstone, next week Misano, so we will try to keep the same level' - Marc Marquez.
Marc Marquez says he is mindful that the MotoGP World Championship is entering a critical phase as the Repsol Honda rider sets out to bolster his title lead at Silverstone this weekend.
Marquez leads the standings by 53 points from Valentino Rossi and feels he has a solid chance to extend his advantage at the British round of the championship at a circuit where he has thrived in the dry in the premier class.
“I hope Sunday is like today [fine weather] but we will see. Here at this circuit in dry conditions I feel quite good; every year I was competitive. I know also that Jorge [Lorenzo] is fast but anyway we will concentrate in our garage on our bike and try to do our best,” he said.
“If it rains, which is some possibility, then we will try to manage like the last races, but in dry conditions there is always a question mark.”
Despite his comfortable title cushion, Marquez says his mentality always remains the same: to head into a race weekend with the objective of claiming victory.
“We will try to start tomorrow in a good way and continue like this all weekend. The mentality is the same, to try to do my 100 per-cent and to try to push. Now I feel good with the bike and this is the most important,” Marquez said.
“I feel competitive, so the mentality is the same – push at the maximum and then we will see. We know that now we are in an important part of the season because now is Silverstone, next week Misano, so we will try to keep the same level.”
Acceleration remains a significant issue with the factory Honda RCV and Marquez revealed he and his team spent the post-race test at Brno in the Czech Republic concentrating on finding a solution to the problem.
“Basically we tried to concentrate to try to understand our biggest problem in acceleration, for try to understand how we can improve for this year but also for the future with the new bike.
“Also we did a big change and tried to gain some tenths and there were some positive things, but then the overall package – the best one – was the one that I had from the weekend. We will try to use already some ideas in this circuit.
“We know that here there are three big accelerations but in a different way. For example, in Austria the acceleration starts from second gear more or less and here it starts from third gear with more speed already in the middle of the corner,” Marquez said.
“So I think this will be a little bit better for us but we will see. I will start with this mentality and we know that we will have a problem, but I don't want to speak about this because we know it is something that is there.”
Marquez has adopted a more mature approach to his riding in 2016 and this has been reflected in his points-scoring consistency, with the 23-year-old admitting he is now more likely to settle for a lower position if he feels a victory is not within his grasp.
“There still remains many races and of course this year in the critical situations I try to manage in a different way, but in the end you need to take the risks and you need to push. Of course I need to finish every race, but also this is difficult.
“If I have the small possibility, like I did in Mugello or Montmelo, to win then I need to try, then assess in the last lap if I can, or decide which position is the best one.
“But the mentality on Thursday is to start the weekend with a victory here, then after warm-up we will see where we can fight and finish the race,” Marquez said.
“There are many points and anything can happen. Yes, 53 points is a good advantage, but you can loss points very quickly.”
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