There is an air of invincibility surrounding Spain’s magic man of motorcycling, Marc Marquez.
It makes sense, according to 1993 500cc world champion Kevin Schwantz, who tips Marquez to become the most successful rider in MotoGP history.
“Marc is the guy who is winning and still learning and right now he thinks there is nothing he can’t do, that’s the way he’s riding,” Schwantz said.
Marquez, 21, is undefeated in three races this season wining in Qatar, Texas and Argentina – all from pole position – while building a huge reserve of self-confidence, the most valuable weapon in a rider’s armory.
Marquez understands this and is ready to enjoy what lies ahead. He is not scared of increasing pressure to maintain focus and concentration from his dominant start to the season.
“It will be easier to keep focus now, after three victories your confidence is very high although, even if you think it will be easier, the season is very long,” Marquez said.
“If I can win in Jerez, I will try 100 percent, you never know what will happen in the future. I know there will be some circuits where I will struggle a little but my plan is to be better than last year.”
The Jerez race is the Spanish GP this Sunday with Marquez making his 100th start across all classes in his home race. He has won 35 of his previous 99 races.
In recent history both Valentino Rossi and Mick Doohan have had this air of invincibility, and backed it up with supreme domination on the track.
Doohan with five consecutive world titles and 54 premier class race wins, all with Honda, and Rossi with seven MotoGP crowns and a peerless tally of 80 race victories.
Rossi is the benchmark in terms of numbers that is where Marquez is heading, and beyond, according to Schwantz.
“He will be compared to Rossi until he outdoes the 46, who has seven MotoGP titles. Marc is 21, with one under his belt, and I think Valentino won his last title in 2009 when he was 30 and he’s still racing at 35,” Schwantz said.
“If you give Marc, what I consider to be your peak years, between 20 and 30, then who knows what his potential win list will be.
“Why not more than the seven titles of Valentino?”
While world champion Marquez continues to make history with his breathtaking start to the 2014 season, there is one achievement that has eluded him.
Marquez has never won at Jerez during his GP career. He can fix that on Sunday with his fourth consecutive win of the season but is wary of the man who is yet to win this season, his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa.
“Dani is very strong and even though I have won three races he is only 19 points behind me and now we go to his favorite circuit,” Marquez said.
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