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MotoGP, Alex Marquez: "Riding the Ducati is natural, but I must forget the Honda"

"Over the past 3 years I've learned things that don't work on the Desmosedici and you can’t change everything overnight. I don't want to create any high expectations, otherwise you risk getting frustrated"

MotoGP: Alex Marquez:

Alex Marquez's first races on the Gresini team Ducati have given the Spanish rider positive feedback, but also some reasons for dissatisfaction. Improvement was constant up to Argentina, when in the race he climbed to the third step of the podium, then there were a few too many crashes, like in Austin when he was knocked down by Martin or at Le Mans, where he was unable to avoid Marini.

Despite these setbacks, Alex thinks he's on the right track despite his still little experience on the Desmosedici: "I've never ridden so well, neither in Moto2 or in my first year in MotoGP - he declared to Speedweek - I'm not yet 100% comfortable with the Ducati, I can't do what I want, but I adapted faster than I expected".

With the Honda, Marquez was unable to express his potential, which is why he decided to change.

“I can have a more natural riding style, ride as I want - he continued - The fact is that I got used to the Honda in those 3 years and I learned many things that don't work on the Ducati. I have to get used to it, you can't change everything overnight, but I'm making progress."

The Desmosedici is the benchmark bike in MotoGP and Alex had some doubts before trying it.

"I was wondering: will I be fast enough? But when I rode it for the first time in the Valencia test, the doubts vanished,” he said.

Marquez, however, wants to keep his feet on the ground and not create illusions that could do him more harm than good.

“I had already done a pole and a podium in Austin and could have fought for the win there, so expectations have increased. At Jerez I pushed too much and crashed in the sprint. We weren't in the situation we should have been in, I told the team: we should realistically fight for the top 8, not for the podium - he explained - From that moment on, we rebuilt our confidence. If you have high expectations and you don't meet them, you feel frustrated, it's better not to have any and to push at every GP from the first round".

 

 

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