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.

“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.”


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