Marc Marquez says he would much rather win the MotoGP world championship the hard way after retaining the premier class title at Valencia in Spain on Sunday.

The Repsol Honda, who has now won the MotoGP crown four times in five years, was forced to slog it out with Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso this year, but Marquez wouldn’t have it any other way.

“In 2013 I won the championship but the races, you know… a bad day was fourth position,” he said.

“In the end it is not a real championship – a real championship is like we have today, with four or five riders fighting for the victory. If you have a small mistake or a bad day, you can finish 10th place easy.

“The show that we have now changes, with the electronics, but since Michelin arrive one of the good things is that we have three front tyres and three rear tyres, so each manufacturer can choose the best one for their bike. It makes everything much more equal and I think for the fans it is much more exciting and I love it.”

The 24-year-old had to overcome adversity on his way to his fourth world title after struggling during the first part of the season. He was 37 points behind Maverick Vinales after Mugello, leaving Marquez with no option other than to ‘attack’.

“The main difference is that last year we started the season so good and the opponents did some mistakes. We got a big advantage and we just tried to manage that advantage. This season, after the summer break, there were five riders [separated by] 28 points,” Marquez said.

“It was time to attack but the problem was that Dovi was so fast and so constant. If I was second, he was winning; if I was winning, he was second, so always we were there. We were able to open some advantage in Brno but then we lost at Silverstone.

“But we reacted so good from those problems and we finished all the races on the podium, except Malaysia. It was very tight and I was all-in – you saw that last lap of Austria, last lap of Motegi – I was just trying.”

Looking back over the season, Marquez identified two big victories as key to his championship challenge as he won the final race before the summer break and triumphed again when the second half of the season resumed.

“I believe [best wins] it was Germany and Brno because one was before the summer break and the other was after. It’s important to go into the summer break in a good way and also to start in a good way because then you get good emotions, good feelings,” he said.

“You are there fighting for the championship and in a few circuits that are not good for your riding style, you are able to improve or to help solve these problems.”


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What a privilege is is to watch this legend in the making.  He's re-writing history.  And that save on Sunday?!?!  Hell ya man!!  2018's season can't get here soon enough.

I agree with him in 2013 he kept it very consistent and due to Lorenzo's massive high sides in Assen and Sachsenring, ruling him out of Sachsenring, Marquez won the title by a very small margin.

But it's part of racing and if Marc hadn't of been consistent in other races he wouldn't have been in that position.

He's in another world to the rest of the paddock.

Marc calls it the hard way, all I know is I'm seeing a guy ride a beast of a motor bike using skills not seen before in the premier class on any Sunday. I personally think Marc believes that if the bike washes out, he thinks that's okay, I've just got to stand the bike back up. It's not luck it happens too often, fantastic to watch in slow motion. Jorge pulled it off in Sepang also.

Agreed it's not just plain luck, it's talent. Also, JL's save in Sepang was good but didn't get a mention as everybody was busy debating about team order.

He already has accumulated a massive reel of near crash saves.  He's the only rider that looks like he's literally going to crash at half the turns on any given circuit.  His bike is almost always out of shape and if it's not sliding, it must because of some strategy he's administering or he's behind slower traffic.

Excitement every race.  Which is why I think even his detractors tune in.  They too want to see him pull off the impossible, what he can do next.  Brno was pivotal.

Solidified his championship in Aragon:

And sealed the championship's course in Phillip Island.

All risk and all reward.  World Champion for the 6th time at age 24.

Let's not get too carried away here, MM had a lot of favourable circumstances since his 125cc career, best bike in all categories. Jumped straight onto a world championship winning Factory Honda which CS had just left. All respect to DP but to be fair he could spend another 12 years on the Repsol Honda and still couldn't win one title. MM is good but between himself and JL shenanigans on track it would make you think how good is he really.

He is no Stoner or Rossi, they won on bikes that hadn't won in years, Rossi from Honda to Yamaha, Stoner from satellite Honda to factory Ducati. 

End of story...

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lol, 8 years and counting!

Is this really end of story, or you will write another fictional story labeled as "fact" again? LOL...

Cry me a river moron. Valentino won against the worst grid in living memory. The champion before him was bloody KRJr. Dani pedrosa has more victories than many of Valentino's rivals combined. As tyres are the most important part of racing, Valentino also had the "favorable circumstance" of having tyres flown in overnight. This fact alone was 95% percent responsible for his victories. How do I know? Because every rider on a top factory bike has more wins than flopsi since the switch to control tyres. If anybody had "favourable circumstance" for his championships, it was Rossi. The competition was so bad that he could ride a moped and win. He isn't half as good as stoner or Marquez.