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Old 04-22-2015, 11:00 AM   #1
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Marquez Im still young and have a lot of lessons to learn

Reigning World Champ discusses Argentinian GP and retaining the title

Marquez Im still young and have a lot of lessons to learn

REPSOL Honda’s Marc Marquez has discussed the incident in Argentina with Valentino Rossi explaining it was just a ‘racing incident’.

In Barcelona on Wednesday, the 22-year-old World Champion spoke about the incident in Argentina on the penultimate lap which saw him collide with Rossi’s rear tyre.

“After viewing the race several times, I still stand by what I said in Argentina,” said Marquez.

“These things happen in racing, and you have to learn from it, and I am still young, so I have a lot of lessons to learn. That’s the thing with racing incidents, sometimes they benefit you, and sometimes they don’t.”

“But that is all part of the learning process. I am convinced that there was zero intention on my part or Rossi’s to cause the accident.

“I have always said that Rossi is my idol, and a benchmark for us all. I have learned a lot from him over the years, and I am still learning. Everything makes you better, even this crash.”

It was definitely a learning curve for Marquez last weekend at the Termas de rio Hondo circuit, but mort importantly the Spaniard learnt that everyone gambles.

“On one hand I learnt about Rossi’s approach, choosing the extra hard tyre to attack at the end of the race, a tyre that I did not have a good feeling with in practice, so we decided to risk going with the softer compound (hard tyre),” explained Marquez.

“And the truth is, the gamble almost paid off, we just missed out by a lap and a half. I learned other things too, but those I will keep to myself.”

Regarding his relationship with nine-time World Champion Rossi after the Argentinian incident, Marquez said: “We are both okay with each other. We are two riders who know how to differentiate between life on and off the track. On track, everyone is looking out for their own interests, so I hope that does not change our relationship.”

Marquez is 30-points behind Rossi who is currently leading the MotoGP Championship standings, but this hasn’t phased the young Repsol Honda rider.

“There are lots of things that make me feel very optimistic,” said the Spaniard.

“For one, I could have won all three races so far. If I had not made the mistake at the first corner in Qatar, I think I would have been on the podium guaranteed. I won in Austin, and if I did not fall in Argentina, we would have finished second.

“We are in good shape for the rest of the season, and we have done a good job so far. Secondly, in 2013 after the first six races, Dani [Pedrosa] was leading the standings, Jorge [Lorenzo] was second and I was third, 30 points behind Dani, and I still went on to win the title.”

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