Marc Marquez Blowing Smoke

This piece from The Independent is part of a disinformation campaign designed to get inside the head of one Maverick Vinales.  In it, Marquez states that his greatest fear in 2017 is defending his title against both Rossi and Vinales, that Vinales is capable of titling in his first year on the factory Yamaha.  That Marquez would engage in such a devious endeavor shows how he is maturing into a complete Master of the Universe.

Marquez at AragonFor comparison purposes, I attach an almost illegible summary of Jorge Lorenzo’s rookie year on the M1 in 2008.  Note the four crashes.  In 2008, Jorge Lorenzo was the Next Great Rider, a 20-year-old, multi-titled up and comer.  With more wins on the way to the premier class than Vinales. On a bike that was, at the time, dominating its world.  (The same cannot be said for Yamaha in 2017 as Honda has taken three of the last four titles.)

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What I believe Marquez is doing in this interview is setting up Vinales to over-ride the maverick-vinales-wiki-profile-pictureYamaha in the beginning of the year.  If I’m Maverick Vinales and I hear that Marquez is worried about me titling in my first year with Yamaha I might get something of a vocational stiffie dreaming about doing so.  Because Marquez is a Master.  The connection is unavoidable.

And so we watch Marc Marquez becoming more of a strategic thinker.  We expect Honda to address its engine issues to give him a bike with better corner exit speed and acceleration to be able to compete with the Yamahas if not the Ducs.  We expect him to train as hard as Rossi with his brother Alex and their homeboy Tito Rabat.  We expect his reflexes and balance to remain better than anyone else on the grid.  And we expect him to duel Valentino Rossi, not Maverick Vinales, for the 2017 title.

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Not many rookies win the title in their rookie season as did Marquez.  That there could be two in four years staggers the imagination.

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