MotoGP: Marquez: 'I will try to keep the same mentality'

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Marc Marquez has said he will treat this weekend’s final Grand Prix of the season like any other weekend until he decides his strategy ahead of Sunday’s race.

The Repsol Honda rider is 21 points ahead of rival Andrea Dovizioso in the championship chase, so while things look heavily weighted in the reigning champion’s favour it’s not over yet.

Should Dovizioso win the race and Marquez finish 12th or lower, or worse fail to finish, then the Italian will be crowned champion.

However, Marquez has said he will go about the weekend with his usual approach, pushing 100% in practice to find his level before looking at the situation ahead of Sunday’s final race and deciding what to do based on both his and Dovizoso’s pace.


“It’s been a tough season, and now one race will decide everything,” Marquez said.

“I will try to keep the same mentality as always, because in sport in general anything can happen so trying to finish the race will be the most important thing.

“It’s tricky because I try to relax but everybody that you meet is saying it is easy or it is done! It’s not like this… it is difficult. Of course, I prefer to be in my position than Dovi’s, because I am 21 points in front. It’s not the first time I have fought for the championship here, in 2010 I did and then in 2013, which was very difficult.

“I will do 100% in practice, and then on Sunday I will see where my level is, where Dovi’s level is and try to find the best position to achieve the best result for me.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing