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No room for error, Marquez acknowledges

No room for error, Marquez acknowledges

Marc Marquez is fully aware that he must make no mistakes in order to become the youngest ever MotoGP™ World Champion on Sunday.

The Repsol Honda Team rider will start the season-ending Grand Prix of Valencia from his ninth pole position of the campaign and can guarantee the world title with fourth place or better, regardless of what Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo is able to achieve.

“The most important race of the season is getting closer and you can feel it,” Marquez commented immediately just minutes after qualifying. “Anyway, I feel quite good on the track and confidence is pretty high. The target was to try and finish on the front row in qualifying and we got the pole, so I’m happy about that. Tomorrow will be interesting because we still don’t know which tyre is interesting.”

Having experienced some lurid moments during the session, Marquez admits:

“On the last lap, I was not pushing 100% and had a moment – maybe when you’re not pushing to your 100% you lose some concentration. That gives me something to remember for tomorrow and means I need to pay attention.”

Reigning Champion Lorenzo will line up second, ahead of Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa, and has delivered numerous electric-quick starts so far this season.

“Jorge will push a lot, but we will just try to make a good start and to be there fighting with Jorge and Dani,” Marquez added.

“Jorge has a lot of experience and is doing a very good job. We are fighting with the World Champion of last year and you can feel it, but we are concentrating in our box and on our bike and will try to continue the same tomorrow.”

Marquez currently carries a 13-point advantage over Lorenzo and, should be pick up the premier class title on Sunday, the 20-year-old Spaniard will become the first rookie World Champion for 35 years. On top of this, in the space of four years he would have claimed three world titles across the trio of World Championship classes.


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