Márquez: No let up despite points advantage
10 October 2017 – Reigning World Champion Marc Márquez says he will give "100 per cent" at each of the remaining rounds in his quest to capture a fourth premier class title.
Márquez, champion in 2013, 2014 and 2016, holds a 16-point advantage over Andrea Dovizioso in the title battle after capturing back-to-back wins at Misano and MotorLand Aragón.
The upcoming Japanese Grand Prix marks the start of a crucial string of races, with three rounds across three successive weeks at Motegi, Phillip Island and Sepang, prior to the Valencia finale.
Márquez insists he will not let up in the overall battle, despite his buffer over primary rival Dovizioso.
"There are four Grands Prix to go in the season, and we must give 100 per cent at every one, starting with the three flyaway rounds," he said.
"These races are always demanding due to the different time zones and conditions, and this year with the championship so close, they'll be even more of a challenge.
"The most important thing for us is that since Montmeló, we've been on the podium in every race but Silverstone.
"We've done a good job of managing different conditions and different circuits, which gives us confidence and shows that we're at a good level everywhere.
"We have some great memories in Japan, because we won last year and got the title there twice, but every season is a new story and we must remain focused and ready to handle every situation.
"Track conditions in Motegi can vary dramatically, and we'll have to work hard on the set-up to find a good compromise for the hard acceleration and braking."