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Now an eight-time World Champion, six of which having come in the premier class, it is clear that Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez is chasing greatness. In particular, he's chasing two men ahead of him: Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Giacomo Agostini.
The Spaniard recently sat down with MotoGP™'s brand-new American broadcast partner NBC Sports to discuss being grouped in with the Italian greats and last year's Thailand Grand Prix where he claimed his sixth premier class crown.
"We lost the way a bit but in Qatar we were ready to race"
"Unbelievable," said Marquez when asked how it feels to be in the same bracket as Rossi and Agostini. "Only in my best dreams was riding someday in MotoGP, so becoming a MotoGP rider was the dream. Becoming a world champion was only a dream. So I just try to enjoy it. It’s my passion and when you have a lot of passion for something, you can do something that even you don’t expect.
"Valentino achieved many world championships and what he’s doing now is incredible; 40 years old and still pushing, still having that motivation is something really special. And, of course, Agostini - Angel Nieto too but in the smaller categories - in the past, they raced in both categories and achieved many world championships but Giacomo Agostini… I have a really good relationship with him and we joke sometimes but I already told him it’s impossible. Doing the double is something I need to do and it’s something that I don’t want to mark. My target is just to try to fight for the championship every year, then we will see. If you win, you achieve your goal. If you don’t win, you lose. This is obvious."
Marquez UNLIMITED: Episode 1. Working at the limit
American MotoGP™ fans were treated to a repeat of the 2019 Thai Grand Prix, with Marquez detailing his rollercoaster weekend en route to World title number eight: "Of course, it was a really important weekend. They're great memories. In this situation, it is nice to look back on these nice moments and it helps to remain positive.
"I'm a rider so normally when there's something to be achieved I try to do it as soon as possible. To become Champion, it was in my hands. I had to win the race. So, I pushed as hard as I can from FP1, but maybe too much. It's probably my weak point, I'm always attacking! With experience, I've tried to cool myself down but sometimes I can't help it. Even with experience, when you're fighting during special moments and World Championship wins, it is quite difficult to control yourself."
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