Marc Márquez was on top of the world last year after becoming the youngest rider ever to win the MotoGP World Championship. He was also the first rookie to do so since the 1970s. Unfortunately, however, Márquez hasn’t been able to do much celebrating lately.
According to an article from Auto Evolution, Márquez, has quietly made the decision to give up on his dream of simultaneously racing and competing in MotoGP and Moto2. Previous rumours suggested he intended on signing up for both races. However, when it came time to do so, he only put his name down for the MotoGP.
Auto Evolution writer Florin Tibu said that the decision was one urged upon him by other members of his team, who advised Márquez to focus solely on the MotoGP. Tibu quoted Repsol Honda team manager Livio Suppo, who made the following statement on the matter:
“My view was that this was a burden too heavy to carry. The level is really high and the time spent determining the settings is precious, so my idea was that he had nothing to gain and everything to lose. What did he have to prove? It was good in Moto2? Everyone already knows this. There was even a risk to appear as an arrogant move. My advice was to abstain. But in the end, the decision belongs to the rider. If he wanted to race, he should tell us about this, so we could try to supplement our resources and make the necessary preparations.”
While Márquez’s desire to avoid a risky career move could very well be his reason for giving up on the dream, his tribulation before the season started certainly could have heavily influenced the decision as well.
Betfair contributor Tim Burton, who has some excellent insights on the current market, recently discussed the challenges the reigning king had to face throughout the off-season and pre-season. He wrote about it all in a blog post, and he dove into the kind of consequences Márquez could expect this season as a result of the issues he faced.
Although Márquez missed almost all of pre-season testing because of a broken leg that he suffered from a motocross training accident, Burton doesn’t believe it will be a problem since Márquez “only needed a session at most to be on the pace in his rookie season.” Instead, Burton thinks the accident and Márquez’s subsequent absence from pre-season testing bring his fitness and strength into question. But answers on how the long-term effects the accident will have on his stamina and training could only be answered after the season began.
One thing that most analysts can agree upon is that his confidence—a quality that Márquez admitted can make or break races—needn’t be shaken from the accident.
“He possesses incredibly maturity for his age.” Burton wrote. “So, if he is right on the pace from round one over full distance, or even if he just doesn’t lose too many points while he returns to 100%, he should take back-to-back titles.”
Burton has a great point, especially considering the great year that Márquez is having so far. It’s just a shame he won’t be able to achieve that aforementioned dream.