It is not as easy looks, insists Márquez
27 May 2014 – Repsol Honda rider and defending Champion Marc Márquez has insisted his sensational start to the 2014 MotoGP season has not been as easy as it looks and is purely a result of 'a lot of hard work'.
Márquez heads to Mugello this week for the Gran Premio d'Italia looking for his sixth win in a row and while last year it was the scene of one of only two retirements for him, when he crashed out from second with just three laps remaining, he is hoping things go 'more smoothly' this time and ideally he will want to replicate what he managed in 2011 and 2010, when he won there in Moto2 and 125cc respectively.
"Le Mans [the last event] was a great weekend for us and although it [the wins] may look easy from the outside, it is a result of a lot hard work with the team over the weekend to set the bike up," he explained.
"Mugello is a tricky circuit - one of the hardest on the calendar - and we struggled a lot last year. I had many crashes over the weekend and then crashed out of the race also. Now I have an extra year's experience and I hope it will go more smoothly for us!" he continued.
Márquez also added he is aware that a number of his rivals will be a real threat around the 5.245 kilometre track.
"I know that Valentino [Rossi] will be very strong at his 'home' race, Jorge [Lorenzo] has won there for the past three years and Dani [Pedrosa] is also very fast there, so we will need to stay focused and if we cannot challenge for the win then we must take important points for the Championship," he concluded.