Marc Marquez says it is only natural to expect ‘some pressure’ this weekend at Valencia as the Repsol Honda rider targets his fourth MotoGP World title at the final round of the championship.

Marquez is on course to retain his crown in Spain and holds an advantage of 21 points over Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso.

The three-time premier class champion will secure the title if Dovizioso fails to win the race. If Dovizioso does win, a top 11 result will be enough to seal the championship for Marquez.

“Of course it will be natural to feel some pressure in Valencia with so much at stake, but honestly there has been pressure for the entire second part of the season,” Marquez said.

“And the fact that we’ve been able to manage some tricky situations, as was the case at the last race in Malaysia, gives me a positive feeling. Regarding the track, I feel good because I like Valencia. It’s an anticlockwise circuit, which normally suits me.

“Of course it’s also good to have a points advantage to manage. That said, we won’t think too much about any of those things. We definitely don’t think it will be easy, so we won’t go to Valencia with any extra confidence,” he added.

“We’ll keep the same mentality and working method that have brought us to where we are, and we’ll give 100 per-cent because it will be important to be fast beginning with FP1.”

Since the World Championship was introduced in 1949, this will be the 18th occasion in which the premier class title will go down to the final race of the year (including 1993 when, strictly speaking, the title went down to the last round with Kevin Schwantz leading injured Wayne Rainey by 18 points).

In the MotoGP era this will be the fourth time the championship has gone down to the wire, the others having been Valencia 2006 (Hayden-Rossi), Valencia 2013 (Marquez-Lorenzo), and Valencia 2015 (Lorenzo-Rossi).

This will also be the third time in Marquez’s career that he has fought for the title in the season finale Grand Prix, after Valencia 2010, versus Nico Terol (Marquez won the 125cc title, finishing fourth), and Valencia 2013, versus Jorge Lorenzo (Marquez won the MotoGP title, finishing third).

After securing the Constructors World Championship in Malaysia a fortnight ago, the Repsol Honda Team will also have the possibility to win the Teams World Championship this weekend at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.


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