As promised, here is the part 2 of Marc Marquez interview we published 48 hours ago. In the first delivery Marc spoke about his “insistent” relationship with the crashes, about Dovizioso’s hesitant season, about his future with Jorge Lorenzo in the same garage, about what has meant the arrival of Alberto Puig in the Honda Repsol Team, etc.
This second part isn’t less interesting and relevant …
“I’m happy because now the communication between the circuit and Japan is really good; this is important. Now they are starting to change many people inside too. There are many young engineers with new ideas. Some of these ideas are working very well, some ideas are not working… But it’s good for the riders’ motivation to have new things coming.”
“In the beginning of the season our bike was the best bike, but now Ducati has taken a step forward. MotoGP is a constant evolution and now they have the best bike.”
So the bike has improved but you are still the only one to win with the Honda.
“The bike has improved, but it’s still a difficult bike. It’s a bike that you need to know how to ride. The bike has improved, but if you look at the ranking the Honda riders are still on top of the crashing list. This is something that we need to fix. In the beginning of the season our bike was the best bike, but now Ducati has taken a step forward. This is racing. The bikes improve from one year to the next, but also throughout the season. During the year you get a new chassis, a new swingarm…It’s a constant evolution and now Ducati is the best bike.”
There is a rumor circulating that says the Honda is so difficult to ride because your riding is very aggressive and this makes the engineers develop a bike as radical as your riding style. And this means that the bike is for you, but not for the others.
“I don’t think so, because Cal, me and even Dani have more or less the same comments. We ask for the same things. The key is the character of the bike. Honda is a bike that is nice to ride because you feel the limit. But it’s a bike you need to push, it’s a real racing bike. This is at the same the best and the most difficult thing. Because being a real racing bike means that it will shake, that you will feel the power. It’s a direct bike, very direct, but you need to manage it. We are asking to the engineer for an easier bike because it would make our life easier.”
“Honda is a bike that is nice to ride because you feel the limit. But it’s a bike you need to push; it’s a real racing bike. This is at the same the best and the most difficult thing”.
Yamaha hasn’t won for over a year. What do you think of this situation?
“From outside you can see that they are in a difficult situation, although one of their riders is still second in the championship. The other one is there. When you have a good feeling then the bike works better. The bike works better, the team works better, then you even improve yourself. Then when you have that going on, everything is easier. But when you start to be like you are not feeling good, the bike works worse. The team too, they lose the way. When you are in that negative place, you need to find how to get out of it. This happened to me in 2015.”
You know Maverick very well because you were fighting as kids. It seems that it’s difficult for him to control the situation. He’s always angry when something is going not like he expects. Is it something you saw when you were younger?
“Honestly speaking, when we were younger we never competed directly. I was always older, and we never competed in the same championship. I don’t know who said that we competed together. We never competed in the same championship. The first time I competed against him was in the MotoGP. Now he’s in a difficult situation.”
When he started to win with Yamaha, most of us were thinking that a new chapter of MotoGP had started. But this didn’t happen.
“To be a good rider you need to be a good rider in good and bad moments. In the good moments everybody is happy, everything is easy. It’s in the adverse situations that you need to show how good you are. When your factory is in a bad moment, it’s when you need to be the best rider of the factory.”
“Me racing for another brand? I feel really good with Honda now. I feel my comments are very much taken in consideration by the engineers and that I have power inside the factory”.
Do you think that you could have been a teammate to Valentino? Is that something that could be possible, Valentino and you on the same team?
“In 2016 Yamaha came to me and said to me that the Marquez family cannot ride for Yamaha. It was Lin Jarvis who said this to us, so assume that I will never be a Yamaha rider.”
Everybody expects that sooner rather than later we will see Marc Marquez on bike other than Honda. If it happens or not, it would give the championship a big boost.
“I feel really good with Honda now. I feel like I’m inside the factory. I feel my comments are very much taken in consideration by the engineers, that I have power inside the factory. This is something that is really nice for a rider. Honda is giving to me a lot of confidence. I hope that my career will be long and I don’t know if in five or six years I’ll need a new motivation; but it’s not the case at the moment. Many people say Marquez is winning because of Honda. I invite anybody as teammate as you have seen with Jorge; for me it’s okay. Come to Honda and win with Honda.”
“In 2016 Lin Jarvis who said this to us that the Marquez family cannot ride for Yamaha, so I assume that I will never be a Yamaha rider”.
So it’s not too boring to win?
“At the moment no because we are pushing and we are working very hard. When you are winning in an easy way, then you start to get bored. But while you are winning, pushing and working hard, the peak is there.”
You made a test with Formula 1. Is that something that could be an option for the future?
“I spoke with them after the test and they said that if in the future I would like I could, but I don’t think so. One thing is a test at a circuit that I know. Another thing is a race in Monaco. Imagine! You need to have the experience. But part from that, I like two wheels. I’m in love with two wheels, so no way.”