As the pressure builds for Marc Marquez to again ride into the record books, the young Spaniard is staying calm, and refuting any suggestion that he should slow down.
The illogical idea that Marquez take pity on his rivals, partly to spice the late race entertainment to the checkered flag, has not entered his thinking.
Marquez knows that every win means he getting closer to a defeat but in the mean time he will maintain the catch-me-if-can style that has become his trademark.
Four wins from four starts, all from pole, puts Marquez in the position of going five from five in Sunday’s French Grand Prix.
MotoGP’s youngest ever world champion has been in control since he calmly and precisely out-raced a chasing Valentino Rossi on the final lap at the Qatar GP to win the opening race of the season.
It is the closest anyone has got to Marquez and Honda’s flying RC213V.
“To arrive at the moment when you slow down is very difficult, plus it is the beginning of the championship so now it is better to all take the points I can,” Marquez said in dismissing the laughable suggestion he slow down.
“In the Argentine GP I saw that at the end of the race I was stronger and I waited a little but in Jerez last week it was not clear because Dani Pedrosa (his Honda teammate) was so strong.
“So I pushed especially when I saw he was in fourth place early in the race.
“I have won four races and will try to continue like this, who knows what will happen in the future.”
Marquez continues to be unavoidably compared with the legends of the sport when Honda’s five-time world champion Mick Doohan won the opening four races of the 1992 season.
It has come as surprise that he is with such elevated company so early in his career, having lifted the “youngest ever” crown from American great Freddie Spencer lats year.
While the expectations grow, Marquez is taking energy from the pressure while understand the winning streak will be broken one day.
“Of course you feel the pressure of the expectations but the pressure is not a problem, I work even better then so I like to have the pressure,” he said.
“When the day arrives that victory is not possible and someone else is stronger, that is when I will need to be smart and try to understand that second or third will be good for the championship, this will be important.”
For that day to be in Le Mans on Sunday will require a dramatic improvement from his main rivals following opening practice on Friday.
The times were close but Marquez knows that Ducati youngster Andrea Iannone had the benefit of a soft open class tire which he will not be able to use in the race.
“I am more worried about Dani, Jorge and Valentino,” Marquez added.
But Pedrosa is recovering from arm pump surgery last week and his fitness endurance must be suspect at the hard braking, stop-go Le Mans Circuit.
And both Yamaha riders Lorenzo and Rossi have some issues. Lorenzo with acceleration traction from the harder Bridgestone rear and Rossi still in search of a comfortable race setup.
“I am a lot in trouble, especially in acceleration, when I open the throttle the bike moves a lot and I have to wait to open more and lose time,” Rossi said.
As usual, Marquez used Friday practice to go fast and find his own limits, even being unruffled by some front-end curb-hopping, as he sets himself for another assault on the record books.French GP, Le Mans, Marc Marquez, MotoGP