There will be no news from Marc Marquez on his future this weekend in Japan – He stresses the special and very nice relationship with Honda
“No, there will be no news on this topic this weekend,” Marc Marquez holds firm on Thursday ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix. Speculation about his future continues. The Honda home race in Motegi will not bring any clarification, at least for the public.
“It is true that there will be meetings. But we also had them last year and two years ago. The bosses of Honda and HRC always come and want to talk to the riders and see what the situation is.”
So these meetings are not about his future? “They are constructive meetings. They were last year, they were two years ago,” Marquez replies to this question. “They are interested in the project winning and Honda making history, like all these years.”
But isn’t he leading the public by the nose? “No, I get asked questions. I answer them and buy time. What can I say? Our relationship is no longer just a relationship between a driver and a brand. It is a special relationship.”
“We have been together for a lot of years. They have given me a lot, I have given them a lot. It is a special relationship. We have a very nice relationship with Honda. It always has been. We have given a lot to each other.”
“I have a valid contract. The most important thing is that both sides feel comfortable so you can be successful. My comfort zone is that I’ve been with Honda for ten years, and it [the comfort zone] is still Honda. “
Self without results? “Yes, I’ve been here all my life,” said Marquez, who also stressed, “I have my team, I have the best salary in the field. Why should I change anything? It’s either that or sleep in the hotel.”
Also competing at Motegi is Cal Crutchlow as a Yamaha test rider on a wildcard. The former LCR Honda rider said in his media round that Marquez would easily win the world championship on a Ducati.
“That’s a wrong thought,” Marquez counters. “Every rider, every bike, every team has its moments. Nothing lasts forever. No team or bike will dominate every year. It’s a compliment [from him], but there are a lot of young riders coming up.”
“They are reinventing things and looking ahead. It doesn’t mean I don’t like it, but it’s being demonstrated. Bezzecchi had a great race in India, Martin had a great race in Misano. ‘Pecco’ is having a good year. They are all good riders. It’s not that simple. “