Marc Marquez, 2013 MotoGP world champ and Superman on two wheels, says he wouldn't ride fast on the street...
Having won the 2013 MotoGP world championship at just 20 years of age, Marc Marquez is pretty much Superman on two wheels. We caught up with him recently, for a quick chat. Here are some excerpts from what Marc had to say to us:
On being MotoGP world champ at 20
I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet, I’m still living in a dream! For me, it’s knowing that all the hard work in the season has paid off. It’s my way of thanking Honda and Repsol for taking a chance with me and showing their belief in me.
On how closely fought the 2013 MotoGP season was
If you look at the points at the end of the season, all three of us (Dani, Jorge and I) were over 300 points, which is incredible. Only 34 points separated us three by the end of the season so you can see how close we were. Dani and Jorge were very unlucky in their crashes this season and without those it could have been a very different story. I was also lucky not to be more seriously injured in my accidents.
On whether the current Honda RC213V is clearly better than the Yamaha YZR M1 and the Ducati Desmosedici GP13
I think everyone always tries to say the Yamaha or the Honda is the better machine, but for me it’s very similar. Both bikes have positive and negative points. Both bikes won 9 races this year. It’s very close. Also, I’ve only ridden the Honda so I can’t say which is better!
On his heroes in MotoGP
My hero has always been Valentino Rossi. Obviously, I’ve watched some of the great races with Doohan, Roberts, Gardner etc., but I am too young to really remember that era. I don’t think it’s fair to compare the two classes, everything has moved on and progressed since then, and we are now living in another world.
On riding motorcycles on the street
I don’t have my road license and if I did, I certainly wouldn’t ride fast on the street! The controlled conditions of a race track are already dangerous enough without adding other elements such as cars and pedestrians. People who ride fast on public roads lack common sense in my opinion. I enjoy riding my dirt bike and motocross bike with my brother Alex – this is fun and also our form of training! If I did own a bike on the road, it would probably be a Honda scooter, just to get around the city!
On his favourite race circuits
I obviously love racing at home in Spain, but otherwise I really enjoy visiting America and Australia. My favourite circuits are Aragon and Phillip Island – fast and technical!
On what he does when he’s not racing bikes
I train with my brother a lot – riding motocross, cycling, in the gym. I don’t listen to a certain type of music, anything that is on is fine with me! For food, I love Spanish and Italian food!
On fashion and the clothes he feels most comfortable in
We are fortunate to be sponsored by the Italian fashion house, GAS. They give me lots of free clothes, but also really nice items. I love to be in a pair of jeans and a casual shirt, relaxed and comfortable.
Faster and Faster interviewed Marc Marquez on behalf of Man’s World magazine. This interview is published here with their permission.