Marc Marquez has played down any title talk despite becoming MotoGP’s youngest ever race winner with his victory in Texas on Sunday.
The Spanish rider, riding in only his second Grand Prix, became the youngest ever rider to claim a premier class win at the age of 20 years, two months and four days.
The Honda rider, who impressed in pre-season testing at the circuit in Austin, TX, put in another impressing performance to reel in teammate Dani Pedrosa after 13 laps and go on to win by 1.5 seconds.
But despite an impressive start to his premier class debut, Marquez has played down any title talk, insisting that he is taking the season one race at a time.
“Our battle is not the one for the Championship, but rather taking it race-by-race and enjoying every moment,” he claimed.
In fact, the former Moto2 champion was quick to deflect the praise onto his team, as he comes to terms with the competitiveness of GP class.
“Already third place in Qatar was a dream, and now victory in my second race is even better,” he added. “I am very grateful to the team for their efforts over the pre-season; we have worked very hard and, without this, the victory would not have been possible.
“The race was very intense and physical. 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 with the front emerged that we hadn’t 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.”