The topic of the questions posed to Marc Marquez are by now all about the Ducati. With three GPs remaining during which he can ride the bike, Honda is sliding into the past, and the results on the track certainly aren’t helping to keep the interest alive in the present. But the Spanish champion carefully measures his words when talking about his future: “I can’t think about that too much, because we’re in Malaysia, and my goal, like in Thailand, is to give it my all, and it’ll be the same in Qatar and Valencia,” he clearly stated. “I won’t exaggerate. I won’t do crazy things, but I’ll do my best because it’s a way to thank Honda and the whole team for what they’ve given me all these years.”
Your fans can’t wait to see you on the Ducati.
“I understand that there are a lot of expectations because there have always been in the past, when other riders have changed brands. My job is to do these three races. Then, in Valencia, I’ll have to understand the bike, the team. There are going tol be many changes. The first one who has questions is me, and I’ll have the answers on the track.”
Haven’t you set goals for next season?
“I don't want to go into details. I don’t want to talk about results before testing the bike. I have to do all the winter tests, and then I’ll figure out what my level will be. This is what I also did last year, without changing teams, because you see many things during the tests, and it would be a mistake to set a goal first. The main thing is to get back to having fun on the bike, and that means being competitive.”
But everyone on the Ducati seems to go fast. Have you thought about that?
“The idea you get is that riders with different riding styles can do it. Right now, in Sepang in 2023, it’s the best bike. Next year, we don’t know, but that means you have no excuses on that bike. Furthermore, it’s true that many Ducati riders are fast, but only two are also constant, Bagnaia and Martin.”
What you want is to be constant?
“It’s what makes the difference in being able to fight or not fight for the championship. Being able to be fast on different tracks, in different conditions, with different types of asphalt.”
Have you already spoken ith your brother, Alex, about the Ducati?
“No, because it would be disrespectful, since I’m working for Honda. I might come into contact with my new team, but I’m trying to avoid it. I have other races ahead of me with Honda, and I have to be as professional as possible. In the future, I’ll have time to talk to everyone and prepare for 2024.”
What are our expectations for this Grand Prix?
“Low,” he said laughing. “Like in the last races. In the past, I’ve always struggled in Malaysia and Qatar, and I don’t think this year will be different, while Valencia is a track that’s more favorable to my riding style.”