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Rivals on Marquez’s challenge to clinch the title

Rivals on Marquez’s challenge to clinch the title

Ahead of this weekend’s racing at Motegi, where Marc Marquez has his first chance to clinch the 2014 MotoGP™ title, his rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo have given their thoughts on how the young Repsol Honda rider will handle the situation.

World Champion Marquez has a 75-point advantage at the head of the standings with four races remaining. If he beats his teammate Dani Pedrosa on Sunday – and avoids losing more than three points to Rossi and no more than 15 points to Lorenzo he will retain the premier class title.

Marquez said in Thursday’s press conference at Motegi that he does not feel nervous about having the chance to wrap up the championship at Honda’s home race and that he will approach round 15 as a normal race weekend.

To this Rossi responded, “I think it is the right choice because he built a big advantage at the beginning of the championship and now he can decide to ride at 100% always. That takes the pressures away from the other part. We have four races left and Marc wants to try to win the championship as soon as possible but it’s not the final game. It is just the first match point.”

The Italian Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider added, “For me and for us three (Rossi, Lorenzo and Pedrosa), we have to just try to finish in front of him. We know that on Sunday if we get there behind him the championship will be over and we want to try keep it ‘open’ for another weekend.”

Lorenzo added, “If I was him I don’t know how I would manage it because I think I’ve never had such a big difference on points. But I always try to ride the same way. I try to ride on my limit but not go past it. So obviously if you have such a big difference on points you can have less pressure than if you lead by 10 or 15 points. So, I don’t think he will be nervous.”

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MotoGP, 2014, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo, Repsol Honda Team, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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