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Spaniard compares MotoGP season to Barcelona’s epic Champions League win.
The Spaniard nicked his first title in 2013 by just four points from compatriot Jorge Lorenzo, however his winning margins over runner-up Valentino Rossi in 2014 and 2016 were 67 and 49 points respectively.
After seeing Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales open the new season with victory in the rain-shortened Qatar GP, Marquez, who finished fourth, knows he will have a fight on his hands.
Ahead of this week’s GP in Argentina, the 24-year-old revealed that the heroics of a certain Neymar Da Silva Santos Júnior aka Neymar Jr at the Nou Camp recently underlines how this season could shape up.
He said, “When you have stronger competitors and the season is tighter, the triumph feels much better.
“It’s like in football. If you remember Barcelona against PSG when Barca scored three goals in the last seven minutes, it was the most amazing moment.
“These are the moments that make the sport different to everything, but it doesn’t mean I just prefer to win struggling like this because I enjoyed 2014 a lot as well.”
Lightning quick Vinales has already emerged as his principal threat this season after the 22-year-old rode consistently to secure fourth place in the championship last year.
Marquez added, “Maverick has been so fast from the Valencia test onwards last year. He has been strong all through the winter testing.
“I am not the favourite. I won last year, but from January everyone has zero points. Qatar was not the easiest race for anyone. The conditions were not good and it was demanding.”
In terms of his Honda, Marquez knows that the mechanics will have to keep right on top of it at the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit to have a chance of clinching his first 2017 victory alongside his Repsol Honda team-mate Pedrosa.
He explained, “The bike has improved if we compare with last year, but we can still work a lot.”