MCN canvassed two men who know a thing or two about racing for their take on this weekend’s Motogp clash
Shane Byrne MCE British Superbike champion Marquez is a smart kid, and he showed last year that his approach has changed. Ultimately, that won him the world championship, and if you think Mav going to the
Circuit of the Americas and beating him is going to pop his head – of course it isn’t.
Maverick has some momentum right now, but if Marc can regain some points bearing in mind he didn’t finish in Argentina, that’s what he’ll want to do. Racing is a funny old game – one minute you’re heading down Craner Curves at the same speed as the lap before and the next you’ve knocked yourself out! It can happen to any of us and you’re always walking a tightrope, and Marc has been around long enough to know that. Maverick could win every single race this year or he couldn’t, but anyone that thinks that’ll pop Marc’s head is silly.
Julian Ryder BT Sport commentator Maverick beating Marc would be absolutely a seismic shift in the power balance. You can’t overstate what a shift it would be in the status quo.
However, Maverick has the luxury of not having to win. Look at his attitude when he was sixth on the grid last weekend – team and rider were happy with that. He’s such an unbelievably cool and calculating piece of work.
I don’t think Marc is weak psychologically – quite the reverse, actually. He won’t show anything if he’s beaten, unless maybe it lets him revert to the old Marc. There’ll be nothing to be gained from third or fourth places, and the old Marc – the win-it-or-bin-it Marc – will have to come out again. Calculating for third or fourth places against Maverick is not going to work!