MotoGP: Marquez warns that confidence is back, just needs to win
In an ominous warning to rivals, Marc Marquez has declared that it is a long time since he felt so good on a bike in advance of Sunday’s German Grand Prix.
Marquez is seeking to reverse the dramatic form slump that has produced just one win in eight races for MotoGP’s youngest ever world champion.
Since his last win in Texas back in April, Marquez has suffered from a series of front-end crashes that deflated his massive reserves of self-belief.
But a switch back to his title-winning 2014 chassis for his Honda RC213V has put Marquez back in the comfort zone.
He was fast and combative for a second place in the Dutch GP last week and has carried that form to the Sachsenring where he has won for the past two years.
A third consecutive win in Germany is now his target after setting the pace in early practice for Sunday’s race.
"It has been a long time since I felt like this in practice," Marquez said.
"At the Dutch GP I had the confidence with the bike but only on race day.
"I am a rider who even if I don’t feel the bike like I want I am able to be fast but with a lot of risk.
"And this is what happened in some earlier races this season. I was able to be fast but I didn’t feel the bike and I took a lot of risks.
"Now I have this confidence back but I still take a risk because to be fast you must take a risk.
"And also the Sachsenring is normally good for Honda and my riding style and I am happy because I start to feel good again with the bike."
Marquez triggered his resurgence when he made the confidence-inspiring switch to his 2014 chassis after his early exit from the Catalunya GP, his home race.
A more relaxed Marquez was smooth and fast at Assen where he rode an almost perfect race until he just failed to pull off a bold last corner overtake on Yamaha rival Valentino Rossi.
"I said after the Barcelona race that my first target was to try and feel again the confidence with the bike and in Assen I had this," Marquez said.
"Now the second target is to win a race to try and win here in Germany and if not here then in another race.
"The first target to get the confidence is coming back and this is important.
"If you don’t have the confidence you still try to be fast but then you crash and lose many points in the championship.
"It is hard but if you want to be a good rider you must understand these moments and come back stronger.
"Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner and Valentino have all done this in the past so it has been an important thing for me to learn."
Across three classes, 125cc, Moto2 and MotoGP, Marquez has won five consecutive grands prix at the Sachsenring since 2010, all from pole position.