Marc Marquez says his remarkable Moto2 triumph at Valencia last year is a source of inspiration ahead of this weekend’s 2013 MotoGP title decider at the Spanish track.
Honda’s Spanish rookie put in an extraordinary ride in 2012, storming from the back of the field to triumph in wet conditions.
Marquez leads rival and defending champion Jorge Lorenzo by just 13 points heading into the finale, having surrendered 31 points to the Yamaha rider over the past six grands prix. He insists that he will not focus too much on the points situation however, and will instead treat the weekend like any other.
“We’ve had good races in Valencia; I have fond memories of last year’s race in Moto2,” Marquez said. “I’ve always tried to give it my best there.
“The weather will also be a factor to consider because it is very changeable, but I’m already looking forward to getting back in the pit garage and getting on the bike.
“Obviously, we know what is at stake in this final grand prix of the year, but we will approach it as we have done every other race, and work hard from the Friday and do our best.”
Marquez also said he had fully recovered from his crash at Motegi. He lost his bike at high speed in Sunday practice, but went on to finish second in the race, finishing just three seconds behind Lorenzo.
“It’s been nice to have a week at home after a long three weeks away,” he added. “After my accident in Motegi I’ve doing muscular rehabilitation on my neck in anticipation for the race, and it now feels much better.”
Marquez can seal the 2013 crown by finishing fourth or higher at Valencia, regardless of what Lorenzo does. Should he manage that, he will be the first rider in 35 years to win the premier class championship in his debut year.