Marquez ‘It’s hard finishing fourth’
Marc Marquez came of age in 2016 when he won on a bike that many experts predicted would not be good enough to take the Motogp title.
His win-at-all costs attitude went out of the window as he was forced to finish races rather than risk binning it.
He said: “It’s hard finishing fourth sometimes, but I understand it, and it’s something that I learned in 2015. But in the end, there are some races where you have to take the risk. To be a champion, you need to control it, but sometimes also you still need to push and take the risk… sometimes!
“I tried to change my riding style, my approach, and it was maybe the year where I had to work the most and to concentrate the hardest. I had to understand what races I could win and when I can win but it takes too much risk and I need to finish second; that was the hardest thing. During the race, I understand that I’m finishing second and it’ll be 20 good points, but when the race ends, I tell myself ‘maybe I’ll need those extra five points in the future?’ You never know, but in the end it worked out well.”
And with this new-found maturity and consistency – and a third Motogp title – you might think Marquez is brimming with confidence and looking forward to dominating 2017 proceedings. But the
Respol Honda reckons the coming season could be his toughest in the top class yet.
He added: “It won’t be hard to find more motivation for 2017, because I am fuelled by the other riders changing manufacturers and wanting to still beat them. Yamaha will be very strong with both riders, and Jorge with the Ducati, so it’s still too early to say how it’ll go, but we need to improve a lot. The biggest threat for me will be Viñales/rossi or Rossi/viñales! It’s too early to say if Maverick will be harder to beat than Valentino, but he’s fast already.
The goal posts have moved
“It will be harder though, because every manufacturer is improving a little bit. We have to improve the bike a lot in the pre-season, because it’s still not at the level we want it to be. I’ll tell you in the last test in Qatar how hard it’ll be!”
However, despite a front row seat to Jorge Lorenzo’s switch to Ducati – in search of some of that motivation that Marquez has in spades – he is sure of one thing – he won’t be looking to replicate his countryman’s switch in allegiance any time soon.
“Many riders have changed manufacturers, and not many have spent their whole career with one factory. In my heart for now, though, it just says to stay at Honda and to believe in Honda. In five years, maybe I’ll have another motivation, but not now.”
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