Friday, October 24

TIME RUNNING OUT FOR MARQUEZ

Time is running out for Marc Marquez.

Although he clinched his second MotoGP world championship at the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi on October 12 (details here ) a run of off-the-podium results, and a crash at last weekend’s Australian MotoGP race at Phillip Island leave him with just two races to go to match Mick Doohan’s unbroken record of 12 race wins in the premier class in a single season (details here )

At Thursday’s press conference on the eve of the Shell Advance Malaysian Grand Prix, Marquez was joined by Valentino Rossi, Bradley Smith, Cal Crutchlow, Tito Rabat and Alex Marquez to address the media.

This weekend gives Marquez (Repsol Honda) another chance to register a 12th victory of the season, which would equal Doohan’s record from 1997 for most premier class wins in a single season.
The visit to Sepang also provides Marquez with an opportunity to put Sunday’s Phillip Island race out of his mind after he crashed out when leading in Australia.
Marquez commented: “It is time to try and be on the top again as I have not won since Silverstone.  We will try to be ready to fight for victory on Sunday if it is dry, if it is wet we will see.  It will be difficult because everyone has a lot of testing experience from this track.”
He continued, “I was trying to ride a different kind of race in Australia, to be strong from the beginning and make a gap.  I thought riding without pressure it was time to ride a special way but it just didn’t work on Sunday.  Anyway I expect Vale, Jorge and Dani to be strong here in Malaysia.”