Marc Marquez reckons he knew nothing about potential interest from Yamaha, Ducati and Suzuki for 2015.
As was widely expected, the Spaniard penned a new two-year HRC contract just before the recent French MotoGP round at Le Mans.
Not surprisingly, enquiries were made about the 21-year-old’s availability from rival factories, but he had zero interest in entertaining a departure from HRC.
Such was his desire to remain with HRC until the end of 2016, manager and mentor Emilio Alzamora never communicated any rival interest to the former 125GP and Moto2 world champion.
Marquez said: “It is obviously important for a rider to know that other brands are interested, but I was very clear that I would continue with Honda. I just heard about the Honda deal. I think it is logical that other brands were interested and asked, but Emilio is the filter and he did a very good job to ensure I could just focus in my job on the track. That also helps me to have such strong results. But I always felt very strongly that I wanted to continue with Honda.”
Marquez heads to the Italian GP in Mugello this weekend seeking to extend his phenomenal start to 2014.
He has not yet been defeated this season and with five wins from five he already holds a commanding 42-point lead over Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa.