Repsol Press Release: Interview With Marc Marquez At Halfway

The ever-industrious Repsol Media Service issued a press release containing an interesting interview with their Moto2 rider Marc Marquez. In the interview, Marquez talks about his adaptation to the Moto2 category, about the crashes in the early part of the season, and about what it takes to compete in and win a Moto2 race.

Below is the Repsol press release:


"We have shown that we know how to learn from our mistakes"

The Repsol rider reaches the season's halfway point in second position of the overall standings in his first year in Moto2

Despite starting the season with three crashes in the first three races, Marc Márquez was able to learn from the mistakes on his new bike and now is having a spectacular upwards trajectory in the category. The four victories he has gathered —the last three, consecutive— and a second position have placed the rider from Cervera in the second position of the standings, which will allow him to face the second half of the season with optimism.

After the great preseason you had, did you expect the World Championship to start as it did?

"My adaptation in the preseason was better than we thought. At the beginning of the competition we did not expect to keep the level of the tests, but I did not expect three crashes at the start either. The positive thing is that we suffered the crashes when fighting for the first positions. We knew that sooner or later the good results will arrive, because we were doing a good job and we had a good level. We only needed a weekend where things went our way, without crashing, and we would get a good result".

How did you react when you were among the fastest of the category but after the first three races you had zero points?

"It was naturally a bit difficult and we needed time, but with the help of the team, that calmed me down, everything was easier. We knew this was our first season, that we had to learn and note the mistakes to avoid them in the future. We did so and that is why we started to get good results".

In Moto2 you learn from falling?

"There are different ways to learn in this category and I learnt from falling. This way you learn more and faster".

However, since France you have four victories and a second position in five races. What has changed? What did you learn to have such a spectacular change?

"What has changed is that I have more kilometres under my belt, I know the reactions of the bike better, I am much more comfortable on it and I am starting to have fun. In addition, we know each other better with the team, Santi [Hernández] and I know each other a lot better and we understand each other better. We have more experience together and that helps us to have now a team that achieves the results we were looking for".

What is more important in Moto2: to have a good race pace or to get a good position in the starting grid?

"Everything is important. Achieving a good pace, because all races are long and from beginning to end everything can change, but it is also important to get a good position in the starting grid. In the qualifying there are a lot of riders and you can find yourself tenth or fifteenth before realizing it. That forces you to an additional effort in the race that wears you if you ever get to the first positions".

One of the main features of Moto2 is supposed to be that it is a very close class, but this season only two riders won most of the races: Bradl and you, apart from Iannone, who won one. Did it surprise you? Do you expect anyone else to get to your level in a regular basis?

"Truth is, I am surprised, I thought there would be more variety, but Bradl is showing a great consistency that allows him to be on the lead. We have to be patient and go step by step. Being our first year here and with so many high level riders around, it is important to be calmed. I think that in the rest of the season the winners will be more varied. There are some riders that can surprise us at any moment: Luthi, De Angelis, Takahashi, Iannone, Aleix Espargaró or Julián Simón, among others".

What is your assessment of the first half of the season and how do you plan the second part?

"It is very positive. I think that we have to focus on the last part of the first half of the championship, as we achieved a good level and some victories. I am very happy. The retirements at the beginning of the season have their weight now, but it is the first year, we have to accept them and learn from our mistakes, which we showed we did".

Any plans for these weeks of holidays?

"Rest and be with my family and friends. I will try to switch off, but I will also train to arrive in Brno in the best form".

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Comments

can teach a rider (compared to the needs of Moto GP), how long would take before they become rooted too deep?

How feasible would it be for Marquez to ride a 2011 spec 800cc bike in Moto GP in 2012? Think of it: fast and proven factory machinery and HRC support. Less pressure due to still being a 2011 machine, but fast enough to allow strong and convincing showings. Learning school for Bridgestone tyres. It should be cheaper than running a full fledged team around a RC213V while he could still occasionally beat some 2012 bikes (cough, cough Ducati).

Maybe I'm thinking too far.

I think the faster he gets out of Moto2 the better. He is such a fresh talent, factories would be crazy not to scoop him up as soon as possible. Get him while his mind is still soaking up everything at such a fast pace.

Although, apart from the bad habits, I am sure he could use at least one more year learning his racecraft in Moto2. That is where I think Moto2 really shines... from qualifying, race starts, battling, learning patience, learning to evaluate your adversaries... I doubt you could get much better experience than running at the front of a Moto2 championship.

Marc Marquez the 2011 Moto2 World Champion! Rossi better retire before Marquez gets to MotoGP otherwise it will be ugly for Rossi. BTW, the only similarities between Pedrosa and Marquez is the color of the bikes they ride on and their Spanish heritage. Marquez is the first complete rider we have seen since the Rossi of old. He has outright speed like Casey Stoner, race craft of Rossi, the pitbull fighting spirit and consistency of Lorenzo. Most of all, unlike Pedrosa, the kid is made of rubber.

How can anyone possibly know how Marquez will perform in MotoGP against the top talent? He is showing potential in the lower classes, but what rider of any note has he beaten? No-one that I can think of. A strong performance in 125 and Moto2 means next to nothing as a predictor of MotoGP performance. The field in 125's has hardly been very strong the last couple of years. Look at the negative comments Dovizoso made about Moto2 as a preparation for MotoGP. There has been a string of strong performers in the lower classes over the last 20 years or more who have failed the ultimate test at MotoGP level. Look at Elias as a current example. There is no way whatever to measure the speed and racecraft of Marquez compared to Stoner and Rossi until Marquez actually gets into MotoGP. He may join the Aliens, or he may be just another second tier rider. No one knows. To claim otherwise is merely hype.

I am struck by how mature his answers sounded. I know it is a Repsol release, but most of their releases, particularly those of Casey seem to be quite honest and pardon the phrase, un-doctored. His approach of 'ride at the limit where there is a steeper learning curve' instead of taking baby steps reminds me of Casey in 06 and Lorenzo in 08. I think this attitude will continue to give him an advantage as other riders up their own performances. He will continue to push the limit and I think will continue to be possibly the most exciting rider from Moto2.