Marc Marquez has the MotoGP title sewed up, but the Moto2 and Moto3 championships are still up for grabs this weekend. With that in mind, here’s what Marquez and Valentino Rossi (currently second in the MotoGP series) had to say about the other categories.
In Moto2, Tito Rabat has a 41-point lead over Mika Kallio. Rossi’s advice was to work hard.
“My advice is to do exactly the same like any other weekend and try the maximum from the practice, to fix the setting in order to be competitive on Sunday. Then try to give the maximum and win the race,” said the Doctor.
Marquez reckons Rabat’s consistency will be the key to success.
“He is incredible. In the practice he is always doing like 25 laps and I always say to him you will be tired on Sunday for the race! But it’s his style and with that style he is doing really well.”
Marquez knows his younger brother Alex will have a much more difficult time hanging on to win in Moto3, with Jack Miller only 20 points back.
“In Moto3 the advice is that you must always do the same. It’s easy to say, but you must push like in every race. Because the problem is that if you try to relax or you try to calculate, you can finish fifth, sixth or seventh, as there are always six riders fighting for the victory,” Marquez said. “You need to be aggressive and you need to push. The perfect thing would be for him to finish in front of Miller, but if Miller finishes in front of him it’s not the end of the world. The advantage that he has is that Miller, in this case, cannot make any mistake. The pressure is on Miller to finish in front or to win the race if he wants to win the championship.”
Rossi said the battle would be harder, as many riders are jockeying for better results, now that the season is almost over.
“In Moto3 always, especially in the last races, the battle is always very hard, with a lot of riders in the first group. So he has to try to stay out of problems, try to stay in front and try to gain some points on Jack.”