Measured Marquez back to title-winning ways
With the 2017 Honda RC213V big-bang package finally starting to come on song, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to discover that Marc Marquez is planning on taking the fight to his title opponents in the coming rounds of the championship.
Marquez showed he has the capacity to settle for something other than a win by taking a solid finish in Jerez, a track where he felt he couldn’t push for the top step of the podium. The 24-year-old believes there’s a good opportunity coming up to revert to his 2016 title-winning strategy of cherry-picking the rounds where he can really push for victory, while ensuring he scores well at races where he is unable to win.
“I was surprised to be on the podium, because normally for my riding style Jerez is one of the more difficult tracks,” he said. “I’ve spent years trying to understand it! But this year I was able to push a little more and more until the last few laps.
“I tried for the victory, but saw it was dangerous so slowed down again – I checked where Valentino and Viñales were and said to myself, ‘OK, second place is fine!’ It looks like our strong points were strong in Jerez; our weak points a little less – a surprise for all the Honda teams.”
Closing the gap to series leader Valentino Rossi to only four points in the process, Marquez reckons that if he can get the next few races out of the way safely, anything can happen.
“We’re at a good level now, and my target now is to stay there until Catalunya, because I know that these races are not my favourite ones,” he said. “After Argentina it looked like the Yamaha riders were unbeatable, but after Jerez it looks like the exact opposite. Maybe it’ll all change at Le Mans, but the championship is a long one.”
It’s been a long time since the last Repsol 1-2