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RideFast Nov 2019

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nice chunk of horsepower

nice chunk of horsepower over the winter, Quartararo could make life very difficult indeed for Márquez next year. That, perhaps, is just the motivation Márquez needs. Where Márquez and his team have been so strong in the past few years is in their attention to detail. That expresses itself in a number of ways. In strategy: they were the first to try doing three runs in qualifying, rather than two, giving Márquez an extra shot with a new tyre. They also use FP2 as race preparation, not bothering to throw a tyre in at the end to ensure passage to Q2. They prefer to concentrate on race pace under conditions as similar as possible to the race, chasing times in the morning sessions of FP1 and FP3. In preparation: Márquez and his team turn up to each race with a plan to minimize time lost. They try to cut down the tyre choices as quickly as possible, preferably before the weekend even starts, preferring to concentrate on understanding tyre wear over race distance rather than going back and forth between similar tyres to see if one has marginally better performance than the other. Márquez, too, is constantly working on his preparation, using his training to try to further hone his technique and look for ways to improve. He rides motocross and a lot of dirt track, and not just on ovals. To go from this massive crash on the Friday in Thailand to winning the race and the MotoGP title on Sunday was truly spectacular! Around Spain, more and more dirt tracks are springing up with a mixture of left and right corners, and Márquez uses this to get a feel for how the bike reacts. And he works on sliding the front, feeling when it goes, always at the limit in his quest to understand just how grip works on a motorcycle. Pushing the Envelope Marc Márquez has moved the bar in motorcycle racing, like all great riders who came before him. The challenge he now faces is that the riders coming after him have grown up watching him race, studying him on video, reading about his training techniques, working to emulate him. He has gone from upstart chasing the champions who came before him – the Valentino Rossis, the Jorge Lorenzos, the Dani Pedrosas – to being the champion the young upstarts are coming after. He caught riders who carried the target on their backs, and has now transferred it to his own. Márquez is not yet done winning. Though he has no real sense of his legacy – no riders do: if you gave them a choice between winning a championship but being forgotten, and becoming a legend while not winning again, they would choose the silverware every single time – there are still targets left to achieve. QUALITY RIDER USING A QUALITY HELMET! The new SHOEI X-Spirit III is track certified by 8-times World Champion Marc Marquez - the fastest racer on the planet! The X-Spirit III is a proven race weapon for those who aren’t willing to sacrifice a single detail when it comes to high-end performance. Like the handcrafted race bikes that dominate MotoGP’s premiere racing circuits, every detail of the X-Spirit III was carefully designed, tested and finetuned until this final, uncompromised masterpiece was born. Available from dealers Nationwide. Can Fabio Quatararo be the man to take the fight to Marquez in 2020 and beyond? He did a great job in this his rookie season in the premier class. DISTRIBUTED BY AMP www.ampsa.co.za / 011 259 7750 48 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019