MARQUEZ MAKES GUEST APPEARANCE IN ITALY
Directly following Marc’s win in Assen he boarded a plane to hotfoot it to Italy to make a guest appearance at the Valeri Sport store on Sunday. Marc's visit to the store in Cornuda, near Treviso, was a huge success, with over 1000 fans turning out to see their hero. Marc spoke with journalists and did a Q&A session on stage before signing posters for the fans.
We caught up with reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez in Jerez.
Superlatives to describe the 21-year-old Catalonian are fast running out. It was only last season that the No.93 stepped into the boots of Casey Stoner at Repsol Honda yet it feels as if he’s been around the premier class for a lifetime.
The keepers of MotoGP’s record books are continually rewriting the annuls with every passing GP; the records of Freddie Spencer, Kenny Roberts, Valentino Rossi and, most lately in Argentina, that of legendary Giacomo Agostini have fallen to Marc’s explosive racing.
Since 2008, when he made his world championship debut in the 125cc, Marc has thrilled fans with attacking and measured displays, and in the process notching up in all classes 58 podiums, 35 wins and 40 poles out of 99 starts – and all of it wearing Alpinestars’ class leading apparel and boots.
As this weekend in Jerez marks the Marc’s 100 world championship race we tracked him down to ask a few questions, starting with: which, out of the first 99 races, are the most memorable.
“I will never forget the races where I won the title, because those are very special to me,” said Marc referring to his championships in 2010 (125cc), 2012 (Moto2) and 2013 (MotoGP).
“I will always remember Portugal 2010, for a crazy set of circumstances which saw me start from the back of the grid but still take the win, and also Japan and Valencia in 2012 and Austin in 2013. Also very memorable are the great battles I’ve had over the years with Espargaró, Bradl and lately Rossi, Pedrosa and Lorenzo …”
He may be 21, and only last year was still labelled a rookie, but Marc has the kind of wealth of experience – highs and lows – that veteran riders can only dream of. What is the biggest career lesson he has learnt so far?
“I’ve learnt how to lose,” says Marc, bringing to mind his difficult step up to Moto2 in 2011, when his season ended prematurely and disappointingly, but from which he bounced back to win the title the following season.
It is during those challenging times that a rider will turn to his closest influences, those ‘rocks’ who provide an indispensable and indefatigable source of support.
“The most important people in my racing life are Emilio Alzamora, because he is my manager and the person who has followed my career,” says Marc. “And, of course, my father, who has always been at my side since I started riding when I was four years old.”
Marc, like many riders before and after him, started riding young; so what advice would he give to those starting out on the road? “My advice is to enjoy what you are doing; this is the most important thing. If you enjoy what you do, you can achieve more because your effort will be higher.”