Márquez: 2016 first year with 'real pressure'
23 December 2016 – Repsol Honda rider Marc Márquez says 2016 was the first season in which he felt "real pressure" as he reclaimed the MotoGP World Championship from Jorge Lorenzo.
Márquez won the title in each of his first two years in the premier class, but slipped to third in 2015, behind Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, as he crashed out of several races.
However, Márquez focused on consistency in 2016 and remained a front-runner as rivals endured setbacks, clinching the title with his fifth and final victory of the year in Japan.
"For me 2016 has been really, really hard but really special because maybe it's the first season that I felt the real pressure," he said in an interview with Honda.
"This year the only target was to try and be on the top again, and we did, so I enjoyed it a lot, especially the last part of the season."
Márquez, at 23, became the youngest rider to win three MotoGP titles, and youngest to achieve five championships across all classes.
The Spaniard says that his accomplishments are "difficult to understand" and insists that he will not alter his approach.
"It's incredible when people compare you with some of the legends," he commented.
"To be the youngest rider to have three world championships in MotoGP, to be the youngest rider also to be World Champion of MotoGP, this is something amazing, it's difficult to understand.
"I prefer not to think a lot about it, I prefer to continue with the same mentality, pushing on the same way, because I think this is the best way to continue this successful career."