Twenty-one-year old Marc Marquez, now twice MotoGP world champion and the youngest to do so, would love to race and promote the global premier motorcycle racing event in India. In an interview with Vikram Chaudhary from The Financial Express, he shares that one day his younger brother Alex Marquez (the current Moto3 world champion) could race against him, and why he considers Valentino Rossi as his toughest rival. Excerpts:
Would you like to race in India?
Yes, of course, I would love to come some day to India because I know that in that part of the world also the MotoGP is increasingly getting popular. In fact, such a race is really important for the manufacturers also because they sell a lot of bikes in India.
How else do you think the MotoGP can be promoted further in India?
It would be a nice idea to invite Indian fans to some of the races in the MotoGP calendar. In fact, some day we must come there with a project. If Dorna Sports (rights holder of the racing event) says we must go and show our bikes to fans in India, why not? Maybe we can go there to meet them or we can even invite some people to see some of the MotoGP races.
Would we see you racing against your brother, Alex?
It will be nice to ride with Alex in the near future. A while ago when I rode with him (during the testing for next year’s bikes a day after this year’s final race), that experience was very, very nice.
And would you want him to be in the same team as yours?
Of course, we would love to compete in the same category, same team, but you really don’t know if that will happen.
Would you keep teaching Alex?
For now, yes I will. But in a few years’ time, I honestly don’t know.
You started riding at the age of four. What is your suggestion to Indian wannabe riders?
Well, it is good to start young because then you have more time to learn and gain experience. But honestly not as a four-year-old baby. It’s too young an age. One should ideally start at the age of 7-8.
Next year Valentino Rossi would be 36-year-old. Do you still consider him as your main rival?
Of course. Valentino Rossi came second this year, so he is strong as ever. He is my childhood idol. I consider him to be among the toughest rivals, along with team-mate Dani Pedrosa, and Jorge Lorenzo, who rides for Yamaha.
Would you like to compete in the Formula One races in the future?
I would love to drive and experience Formula One cars, but as far as competing is concerned, never. Motorcycling is my life, my passion, and will always remain so.
Do you still experience some kind of fear when you get on your bike?
I never fear. I always try to enjoy when I ride.