Marc Marquez is taking nothing for granted as the MotoGP champion elect prepares for the final race of the season at Valencia in Spain.

The Repsol Honda rider leads Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso by 21 points with one round remaining and although Marquez has one hand on a fourth premier class title, he is refusing to look past Sunday’s decider.

“A tough season but one race decides everything and we will try to approach the weekend in the same way as always and do my 100 per-cent in the practice,” he said.

“Of course you feel like it is a special race and a special Sunday, but we will try to enjoy the party at two o’clock because it will be a really nice race in front of my fans at a circuit that I like. We will keep the same mentality as always because in motorsport in general anything can happen, so we will try to be on the same level and of course to try to finish the race will be the most important.”

Marquez refuses to accept that the outcome is a mere formality this weekend but acknowledges that he is firmly in the title driving seat.

“Of course it is tricky but everybody you meet says it is easy, it is done, but it’s not like this. It’s something difficult and of course I prefer to be in my position rather than Dovi’s because I am 21 points in front, but anyway this creates to me a good feeling and that kind of energy that you need,” Marquez said.

“It’s not the first time that I fight for the championship here in Valencia, already in 2010 but especially in 2015 it was very difficult. I managed well so we will try to manage and it looks like the weather will be good all weekend, which is one thing that is very important.

“About the rest, we will try to do our 100 per-cent and then on Sunday see where is my level, where is Dovi’s level, and try to find the best position and result for me.”

The Spanish rider says he will not alter his approach during practice and qualifying but Marquez does plan to adopt a more calculating strategy for the final race of the year at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit on Sunday.

“It’s difficult but it’s not my way to ride. During the weekend I will push like always but Sunday, after warm-up, we will see where we are, where is the level of the other riders, and then we will decide,” he said.

“I will not go out and say 10th place, OK, I will try to find the feeling with the bike, try to give my 100 per-cent and try to enjoy the race – this will be the most important.”


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