Rossi: Marquez's 2019 MotoGP season "close to perfect"

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi has admitted his arch-rival Marc Marquez has put together a season "close to perfect" in 2019, as the Spaniard nears a sixth premier-class title

Rossi: Marquez's 2019 MotoGP season "close to perfect"

Marquez only needs 27 points from the five remaining races to put the championship out of reach for his only remaining mathematical rival Andrea Dovizioso.

The Honda rider will win the title this weekend at Buriram if he outscores Ducati rider Dovizioso by two points.

Apart from the third race of the campaign in Austin, in which he crashed out while in a commanding lead, Marquez has not finished outside of the top two in the other 13 races of the campaign so far.

This had led him to compare his current campaign with the 2014 season, in which he won the first 10 races of the year and eased to the title.

"I think this one is his best season in MotoGP together with 2014," seven-time premier class champion Rossi said ahead of the Thai Grand Prix.

"Already from the first season he was very fast, but now he's in the moment of his career where he's still very young, but also he has a lot of experience, so he has reached the top level.

"And after that the thing is the marriage, the feeling with the bike. Because some years the bike is better, some years is worse, sometimes he has more problems, sometimes less.

"He's won a lot of races, but he arrives always inside the top two, except for one time in Austin where maybe he did a mistake because of a problem with the bike also.

"So I think this is very close to the perfect season."

Despite flashpoints in their rivalry throughout the year - most recently in Misano, where Marquez felt he had a qualifying lap unduly compromised by a lunging Rossi - the Italian said he would have no issue congratulating Marquez on the title.

Asked by Autosport whether he himself felt like he was putting together a near-perfect campaign, Marquez said: "Of course it's one of my best seasons.

"And yeah, it's not perfect because it [a perfect season] doesn't exist, but it's true that, apart from Austin, in the other race tracks I have been very, very happy with how we work with the bike in the team, how the team was focused.

"I especially concentrated more on our weak points and on our weak tracks, and there is where we finish second sometimes, some races, but it's not the same [to] finish second five-six seconds behind the top guy than just one tenth [behind]."

shares
comments
Petrucci calls Ducati MotoGP crisis meeting after Aragon woe

Previous article

Petrucci calls Ducati MotoGP crisis meeting after Aragon woe

Next article

Lorenzo likely to "sacrifice" front stability for Thailand MotoGP

Lorenzo likely to "sacrifice" front stability for Thailand MotoGP
Load comments
How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda Plus

How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda

There once was a time when Honda controlled any young rider who emerged in motorcycling, but its market dominance has now swung to the side of MotoGP rival KTM and, to a lesser extent Ducati. Could this development have significant ramifications for the future?

MotoGP
Oct 12, 2021
Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider Plus

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider

Marc Marquez's romp to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas led many to believe the 'old' pre-injury Honda rider was close to coming back to his full powers. However, the 'old' Marquez will probably never exist again and instead he'll have to adapt to his new reality to return to title-winning ways in 2022

MotoGP
Oct 6, 2021
The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream” Plus

The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream”

Marc Marquez scorched to his seventh Circuit of the Americas victory in MotoGP last Sunday with a display reminiscent of his pre-injury form. However, his path to the win across the weekend was in keeping with the current reality of his physical limitations, with self-preservation on Saturday key to his Sunday success

MotoGP
Oct 4, 2021
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Plus

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Plus

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest Plus

How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino Grand Prix will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP’s present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia’s flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021
How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Plus

How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021
Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble Plus

Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble

OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment

MotoGP
Sep 8, 2021