“Many people ask me this, even my team: what do you do?! It’s something that just happens with me. I lose the front and what I do is push down with my elbow. Then it depends on the situation: sometimes I open the gas, sometimes I just close the gas and I wait. But it’s so difficult to understand! “
Mat Oxley sits down with newly crowned 2018 MotoGP champion Marc Márquez to find out how he became the youngest rider to win five premier-class crowns.
“Riding technique has changed a lot. The bikes have changed a lot and the intensity we are able to put into the bike has changed a lot, so you need to be much fitter because to be fast for 45 minutes with such a level of intensity is impossible if you are not very, very fit.”
Andrea Dovizioso finished runner-up to Marc Márquez in 2017 and 2018, so how does the rider counter the skills of his greatest rival?
“If you follow your instinct you always try to open the throttle as fast as possible out of the corner and I think I’m one of the best at doing this. I brake really hard and I open the throttle very early.”
Danilo Petrucci has yet to win a MotoGP race, but Ducati’s latest factory rider is super-fast and few are better at describing what they do on a bike.