Reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has no qualms admitting he is ‘risking everything’ in pursuit of his fourth premier class title.

The Repsol Honda rider was denied a repeat of his 2016 victory at Motegi in Japan by chief title threat Andrea Dovizioso in a compelling wet race that went down to the wire.

Only 11 points separate the championship’s top-two with three races of the calendar remaining and Marquez, whose feet came off the pegs after a big moment on the last lap in Sunday’s race, says he is riding on the limit with the factory RC213V.

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“Of course it is one of the most difficult championships and I am pushing everything. I am riding really good and I tried to take all the potential from my bike and you can see it a little bit - 22 or 23 crashes is because I am pushing, not because I’m not pushing,” Marquez said.

“I try to risk everything and I know that all the points will be important, but of course it’s a very tough championship. Here in MotoGP especially, we need to understand in which tracks where one bike is better, in each conditions as well – even if the temperature changes a little bit, it changes the set-up of the bike. You need to adapt really quick and for that reason I am taking a lot of risks,.

“I already said I don’t know who will win the championship but I think both of us are growing a lot because we learn many things are we are pushing more than what we feel.”