The eight-time world champion made his public debut with the Gresini staff he’ll race with this season at its launch on Saturday, after parting methods with Honda on the finish of a tough 2023 marketing campaign.
Marquez made his debut on the bike on the post-season Valencia check final November, ending the day fourth total and simply 0.171 seconds off the tempo.
He informed DAZN later that he tailored faster to the GP23 Ducati he’ll race in 2024 than he anticipated, however has as soon as once more moved to quash expectation that he will probably be a victory contender from the off this season on Saturday at Gresini’s launch.
“One factor is expectation, the opposite factor is method,” Marquez stated. “I imply, after all my method is to attempt to be quick on the race observe, and if I might be sooner within the first check, I’ll attempt to do it.
“However the different factor is expectation versus actuality. After all, expectations are tremendous excessive from the folks.
“However as I stated on this state of affairs, my work is to attempt to overlook about all these expectations, making an attempt to work in my storage as a result of I have to be calm, particularly to start with.
“Calm doesn’t imply not being quick. After all I want to be quick, however I can not fake to [think I can] battle for the victory from the start as a result of the final 4 years had been a nightmare for me.
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Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing
“The final two years I used to be not capable of win a race and particularly as a result of I arrive to a motorbike that, particularly with two riders – who’re [Francesco] Bagnaia and [Jorge] Martin – [who] spent a few years with this bike and gained many races and championships.
“So, they’re tremendous quick and they’ll have the 2024 bike… the identical bike. We are able to say the identical bike, however you arrive there and you can not fake to be on the identical stage – or, it won’t be the conventional factor to be on the identical stage with them.”
Regardless of going for arm pump surgical procedure straight after the Valencia check, Marquez says this was the primary winter since 2017 that he wasn’t battling restoration from damage.
“After all, lastly I did a standard winter,” he added. “This was one other factor that was essential as a result of since 2018 I’ve had all the winters with rehabilitation of the shoulders, of the arm.
“Now I had a standard winter and I’ll attempt to escape from the accidents, which was the nightmare of the final years – even in 2023 I received injured.
“So, the explanation for my outcomes was additionally not simply the Honda, however I additionally received injured many, many instances.
“So, with all these features I’ll attempt to work in a greater manner, attempt to really feel higher on the race observe and attempt to create my future once more.”