MotoGP: Marquez ‘doesn’t need to win’ to lift title

Published: 22 September 2016

Marc Marquez has admitted that he doesn’t need to win more races in the 2016 season to win the championship battle. The Spaniard has taken only three victories so far this season, but leads the title by 43 points despite equalling Jorge Lorenzo’s wins.

Speaking in the Thursday press conference before this weekend’s Aragon Grand Prix, the Repsol Honda racer admitted that he can maintain his consistency to take victory without having to take risks for the win.

“It doesn’t matter how many I win. What I learned last year is that people remember who won the title, not who won the most races or had the most podiums or whatever. In the end my target is the title, and I’m working for that with that mentality. If I have to finish fourth like I did at Misano then that is ok.”

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But in true Marquez manner, he also admitted that despite he is prepared to try and win – albeit in the right circumstances.

“If course if I can win and I have the chance to take the risk, I will do that too, like I did in Silverstone. It depends on how you feel on the bike and how you can manage the situation. I have a small advantage, but if I make some mistakes I can still be dead in the championship!”

He has someone in his corner who knows the experience, though, with mentor and manager Emilio Alzamora one of the few riders in history to take a title without winning a race.

A four-time Grand Prix winner over his own career, the 1999 125GP world champion lifted the crown despite only ever finishing a best of second in his winning season.

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