MotoGP: Marquez keen to maintain mentality

Published: 02 September 2016

Marc Marquez says he’s keen to maintain the mentality that has taken him to a 53-point lead in the 2016 MotoGP championship, and that changing his approach now would work against him.

Changing his strategy from his hard-charging form of the past to become a more mature rider this year, the Repsol Honda rider nonetheless says that that doesn’t mean that he’s not prepared to try and win races.

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“There are still many races left, and while I’ve tried to manage some races, you still need to take some risks. Unfortunately to finish every race is difficult. I have a lot of points, but I have to maintain the same mentality of all year if I’m going to win the championship. 53 points are a good advantage, but you can lose it really quickly. For example, in Mugello, I had a small possibility to win, and I had to try and take it.

“The mentality for Silverstone is simple though – to try and win from Thursday and to see how things are after warm-up on Sunday.”

And that might come a little easier for him and his fellow Honda riders at the British Grand Prix, with the nature of the track helping to neutralise the disadvantages of this year’s RCV213 machine.

“We know that there are three big accelerations here, but they’re in a different way. In Austria, the accelerations started from second gear, but at Silverstone they start in third year when you already have more speed in the middle of the corner, and I think that this’ll be a little bit better for us.”

 

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