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7 quotes from Marquez and DAZN rewatching the 2019 Thai GP

Over the weekend, Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez talked us through the race where he clinched his eighth World Championship

Over the weekend, reigning MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez joined DAZN’s Spanish MotoGP™ commentator Ernest Riveras on Skype, as the pair rewatched and analysed the 2019 Thai Grand Prix; the scene of Marquez clinching his eighth World title after a fierce battle with Petronas Yamaha SRT's Fabio Quartararo.

1- Marquez began his conversation with Riveras by firstly praising the work of those who are trying to keep us safe and healthy during the coronavirus pandemic: "The true heroes of this pandemic are the healthcare workers, we now value much more the work that they do." - a sentiment everyone here at MotoGP™ shares.

2- It was Quarataro, of course, who was on pole in Buriram and Marquez was also chased off the line by Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP's  Maverick Viñales. "These first few laps are really important,” says the World Champion, "and even more so when there's a couple of riders like Fabio and Maverick, who were both very fast at the end of the season. If they gained some metres on me, I knew it would be very difficult to get them back."

3- During the race, Riveras asked Marquez about some of the biggest news of the 2019 season, but first he wanted to know if Marquez kept up with the MotoGP™ news: "I always read about my rivals before I read my own news and I’ll tell you why: because there are things I don’t know and I can always learn something. Just because you won last year, that doesn’t mean that you did everything well. Your rivals can always do some things better than you."

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4- 2019 saw the rise of a new rival for Marc Marquez in the form of rookie sensation Fabio Quartararo. The Spaniard gave his thoughts on the Frenchman bursting onto the scene last season: "Fabio was missing a victory but he showed a lot. You don’t have to win to show that you’re ready to win a championship. It’s true that he got a lot of poles but was missing the victory, but that’s just a psychological thing for your morale then actually about results. Fabio had a great season and the biggest outcome of the ‘Fabio Effect’ was shaking the Yamaha tree and all of a sudden the bike was going well and all of the Yamaha riders were fast."

5- He also touched on the shock retirement of Jorge Lorenzo, and his subsequent return to Yamaha as a test rider. "I learned about the news like everyone: it was a surprise in Valencia. It was Thursday in Valencia when I found out. I was eating breakfast and reading the news on Twitter and that is where I read about it. It’s true that Jorge found it difficult to adapt to the Honda and his injuries didn’t help. He retired because, according to him, it seems like he’d got the fear. But, well, it seems like he had that in respect to that bike because now he’s able to get on another bike and do a wildcard in Barcelona. So it seems he wasn’t afraid of the sport, so he must have been afraid of that bike, otherwise, I don’t understand."

6- One of the biggest talking points during the 2020 pre-season was the hard work done by Aprilia. "Aleix is the hardest working rider in MotoGP. It’s incredible that he has to retire because of a mechanical issue, then the next day does 100kms on a bicycle, trains and comes back with the same motivation. Aprilia are trying, it’s not for a lack of motivation. This year, in 2020, they’ve made a big step and worked hard to improve their project. During pre-season, they went very fast, Aleix too, but they still had problems with stability, which they’ll surely improve."

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7- And the World Champion rounded off his sit down with MotoGP™'s Spanish broadcaster partners by praising Riveras and the whole DAZN team: "When you watch a race back and you know what’s going to happen, you value even more your work. It seems easy sitting on the sofa at home saying: ‘But what do you mean? Didn’t you see this? Didn’t you see that?’ It’s very difficult to concentrate on the race, you don’t say anything stupid and you really do it well. You can tell the experience you have, you can tell that you understand motorbikes, it’s something you can tell if someone has been watching motorbikes for years or if they’ve just started."

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