The MotoGP Championship leader talks to redbull.com about his stunning debut season...
Marc Márquez is blazing a trail in his debut MotoGP season this year.
The 20-year-old is smashing records to the side like flies off his Repsol Honda bubble screen as he sets a new standard in the World Championship.
Márquez currently leads the overall standings by 34 points with just five rounds remaining, thanks to 12 podiums – including five wins – from the 13 rounds so far.
Redbull.com managed to catch five minutes with the MotoGP phenomenon as he gears up for the final run-in for the 2013 campaign...
Redbull.com: Marc, it's been an incredible debut season. Had you even dreamed it could have gone as well as it has so far?
Marc Márquez: “To be honest no, we didn’t expect this at all! I just wanted to try and get a few podiums and then in the second half of the season try to challenge for a win if possible, but this has been amazing. I feel so comfortable on the bike and together with the team I have learned so much.”
RB: There have already been a lot of great moments to choose from, but what's been the best for you so far?
MM: “For me, still the win in Austin is my favourite memory so far. My first win in MotoGP, it was pretty special!”
RB: Who's been the strongest influence on you in your debut MotoGP season?
MM: “It’s difficult to say as different people have affected me in different ways. Emilio (Alzamora, personal manager) has always given me great support and advice and he never stops, then obviously all the team in Honda have helped me learn the bike and step up to MotoGP together with Santi (Hernández, crew chief) who has worked with me for a long time now and is someone I trust very deeply.”
RB: How does it feel to race against someone like Valentino Rossi, who you idolised growing up?
MM: “In the beginning it was a little strange, I was like: 'I’m racing against Valentino!', but now it feels more normal racing with these guys and it’s a real honour to ride alongside them.”
RB: You've received a lot of compliments, but who's positive comments have really had the biggest effect on you?
MM: “I think as a rider, when you have compliments paid by other riders or ex-Champions, it’s really very special. But still for me, having this from Valentino meant so much as I’ve always followed him and he’s been my hero for such a long time.”
RB: There's so much attention on you and what you're doing in MotoGP – how do you manage to disconnect and relax when you're not racing?
MM: “For sure this has become more difficult, even just to go out of the house and relax with some friends becomes quite hard. I really enjoy training with my brother and some friends, and even though it’s training, this is how I like to relax!”
RB: And speaking of your brother Álex, he's having a great season in Moto3. How do you rate his talent, what can he achieve, and how would you feel if one day he lines up beside you on the MotoGP grid?
MM: “Of course one day I would love to race with him in MotoGP, that’s a dream for sure! Alex is learning quickly and is definitely faster than I was at his age so we’ll have to wait and see...”