Marquez: "Our battle is not for the championship"

Despite becoming the youngest rider ever to win a Grand Prix in the elite class and finding himself in joint lead of the MotoGP standings at this early stage in the year that he’s still taking things race by race and not

Look at Nakamoto’s face!

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battling for the championship.

The Repsol Honda rookie stalked his team mate for 12 laps before pouncing and despite struggling to pull a gap on the more experienced of the pair it’s fair to say Marquez won by a comfortable margin. Marquez was dominant all weekend, taking his first ever pole and subsequently his first ever win. However the youngster appears to not be letting it go to his head. He recognises that Austin was a circuit that played into their hands and acknowledges there are circuits on the calendar that won’t favour them as much.

Marquez commented: After taking my first podium in Qatar I was very happy, but I am even more so today after my first win! It went better than I expected and I am very grateful to the team for their efforts over the preseason; we have worked very hard and, without this, the victory would not have been possible. The race was very intense and physical, as I followed Dani for many laps and then decided to launch an attack and try to open a gap with ten laps to go. I could not pull the gap I wanted as some problems emerged that we’d experienced throughout the weekend. Despite all this, we were able to take the victory. The 25 points are important, but what is more important is to have achieved a win in my second race in MotoGP. We realise that more difficult circuits lie ahead for us, but we will try to give 100% at all of them. Our battle is not the one for the championship, but rather taking it race-by-race and enjoying every moment”

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