EX­PERT OPIN­IONS

MCN can­vassed two men who know a thing or two about rac­ing for their take on this week­end’s Motogp clash

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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!

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