After the interviews Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner, it's time to ask the current Moto2 category leader: Marc Márquez. The current world runner-up in the intermediate category has already signed his contract to replace Casey Stoner in MotoGP next year and analyzes the first part of the season.
Your feedback is positive, between an eight and an eight and a half note. Once saving the obstacle of having started the season without training on the bike due to his eye problems, and adapting to other circuits in which they were not competitive from the beginning, the championship is going quite well.
But logically you can't rest on your laurels, especially with riders like Pol Espargaro, which he sees very regular like the Swiss Thomas luthi. And without forgetting the Italian Andrea Iannone, that when he has everything at his point, he is a very difficult opponent.
As Valentino Rossi recognized, on those circuits where you don't find the right set-up, you have to get 100% out of every situation.
I leave you with the interview to Marc Márquez in text and on video, it is always appreciated to see the gestures and hear the tone of the interviewee's voice:
After half the World Cup, you are the leader with 34 points ahead, 4 victories, another 3 podiums and a position in the Repsol Honda Team for next year. Can you ask for more? No the truth is no. The first part of the championship has gone very well; At some circuits it has cost us more and we have suffered a bit, but in general I think we have done a great job. The first races, which are the ones that worried us the most because I had no preseason, we passed them with good marks. The following races were difficult again, but in general I think we have to make a very positive balance. Also, the announcement in Mugello that next year I will be in MotoGP was great news for everyone; It is a dream that will come true next year and I have Mr. Nakamoto to thank for that.
The repercussion that the announcement of your future has had in MotoGP and in the Repsol Honda Team, does it make you feel more pressure? No, I had and I am very clear about where my head has to be, which is in Moto2. You have to live with this repercussion, it is normal for people to ask, to be interested … this is good. It is true that Mugello Thursday was a boom with the press, I was quite busy, but in the end, when everything happened, my head was in Moto2 and I am very clear that my goal is to win this year to move up in the category having won the title.
What note do you get to the first half of the championship? "This is very relative and depends on many things but in a global, I would put an 8 or an 8, 5, because although we have done many things well, there are others where we have failed a little and this we have to improve. But the important thing is that compared to last year, we have improved our consistency a lot, which is a very important aspect for the end of the championship."
Last year the situation was the opposite, you were behind, cutting back. What has changed in 365 days? Basically I have more experience and I know the category better. Last year I had at this point four zeros in the box and this year only one, and it was in water that is, we have to be happy but without lowering our guard. The others also go very fast, as could be seen in Mugello. When I am not quite comfortable with the bike, I suffer a little and in a situation like this, last year I would have crashed, but this time I was able to finish fifth and score those points for the championship.
For the races that remain, what will tip the scales in deciding the title? It depends on many factors: how many races there will be in the water, how many in the dry, the rivals, the circuits, how you are on the bike … We have to be happy because we are 34 points ahead in the classification and much worse would be to be behind.. So it is an advantage that we have to know how to use in cases where he is not ready to fight for victory, but without getting lost because it is a difference that in eight races is nothing.
How do you see your rivals? Who do you see stronger? Iannone and Espargaró are the two who are stronger. Iannone is a rider who goes very fast when he has the day and Pol [Espargaró] has been quite constant in the last few races, even in practice. Luthi is also a very fast and regular driver so it will be difficult to fight with them.
Valentino Rossi said that one of your qualities is that although sometimes you are not the fastest, you are capable of winning. It's true? How do you do that? Yes, sometimes this happens. It may be that on a circuit you are not well and you are not the fastest that weekend, but in those moments you have to give your best and know how to play your cards. There are circuits that give me better than others, great prizes where I am the fastest and others where I am not, but in any case you have to get 100% out of each situation.
The red lights go off and a starting grid is seen with Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Rossi, and Marc Márquez. Do you believe it? [Smiles] Not now but hopefully next year; if you don't change nothing will come true.
If you close your eyes, do you see yourself dressed like Stoner and Pedrosa, riding a MotoGP? Does your stomach tickle? If I'm honest now I don't feel anything. I suppose that when the last Grand Prix in Valencia ends and I am about to test the bike, there I will have tickles and nerves, but now I am very clear that my head is focused on Moto2 and next year it will come.