MotoGP’s youngest ever champion speaks to us before his arrival in Doha for the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar night race.
How did you get into this?
My family loves motorsports and ever since I was little I wanted a bike, and they couldn’t say no.
What is your favourite part of the job?
I love the show, how people enjoy themselves on the racetracks. I’m really happy when I realise that the spectators at the circuit are enjoying our performance. It’s one of the best moments. Obviously, I also love to ride my Honda.
Who do you look up to for inspiration in your career?
Valentino Rossi was the first rider. I was young when he won many titles and everybody talked about him. He is special and kids want to be like him.
You’re the youngest MotoGP champion ever. How does that feel?
Maybe I am not thinking at all, I don’t know, it’s just statistics! I’m really happy, so proud, but that’s it.
What happened on the day you won? How did you celebrate?
With my family, my friends, my team, all the people who have been helping me all these years. They also won this title.
Now you’ve won, what is the next big thing you’d like to achieve?
I’ll try to repeat. My goal is still to improve, to learn and try to keep the championship title. But I know it’s tough and I must be ready for that.
Aside from winning the championship, what has been your favourite career highlight?
I have many great moments. The first victory in MotoGP in Austin [Texas, US] was very impressive.
Do you have any interesting pre-race rituals you have to perform?
Nothing special. I try to keep everything where it should be. It only means you have everything under control, but I don’t really have any pre-race rituals.
What do you like about racing in Doha?
I like [it] because it’s different. In the end, riding at night is not so different for us, only for the people who are watching it on TV.
Who are you most anxious about racing against this season?
Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa are the strongest contenders today. Their level is so high.
If you weren’t racing motorbikes, what would you be doing with your life?
Maybe I’d be a mechanic.
Marc Marquez is racing in the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar from March 20-23 at Losail International Circuit. Ticket prices range from QR200-QR3,250. Visit www.qmmf.com to fill out a Ticket Order Form.