MARQUEZ EXCLUSIVE: Youngest-Ever MotoGP Champion Sounds Off on Defending Crown in 2014

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The youngest-ever King of MotoGP is ready to defend his crown.

On the heels of a truly magical season that saw him take the greatest number of podium finishes ever by a rookie – topped by becoming the youngest World Champion in history, Marc Marquez’s campaign to defend his title has begun in Quatar.

Hear from Marc himself on how life has changed since stunning the world during his rookie season…

Oakley Motorsports:
You recently fractured your leg: Can you tell us what happened on the dirt track?

Marc:
I was training close to my hometown with some friends and actually I didn’t crash, I just did a bad movement. It’s a shame, but I have time enough to start the season in Qatar.

Oakley Motorsports:
What are you doing currently to keep yourself sharp and in shape as you sit out some testing? Is this affecting your plans and program?

Marc:
For sure it changed my program. I couldn’t test in Malaysia and Australia. I am going every day to my physiotherapist and one per week with Doctor Mir. I am not in shape because I could not put my foot on the floor, but I have two weeks to start a little bit.

Oakley Motorsports:
You’ve probably heard all the press on being the youngest-ever MotoGP Champion. It seems as though you stayed focused last season despite the hype. Has this fact settled in on you in the off-season? Or are you just keeping focused on the next season?

Marc:
I know this year I have more pressure, but I can say I am less stressed than last year. Qatar GP last year was worst. I was so nervous because it was my first MotoGP test. This year the feelings have changed. I will have more people looking at me, but after my injury I am not the favorite for the first race.

Oakley Motorsports:
Is there any added pressure that you feel now that you’ve accomplished a historic feat last season?

Marc:
A little bit, but I like to feel the pressure, I always knew how to work with that. But it’s the first time that I’m trying to keep my title.

Oakley Motorsports:
How much has life changed day to day since you’ve claimed your MotoGP crown? Do people close to you treat you differently?

Marc:
My life has changed. A lot of people recognize you and you have to be always polite. I like, it has more good things than bad things.

Oakley Motorsports:
How much has your relationships and interactions changed with some of the top riders since taking the Championship? Has it changed? Do riders treat you differently now?

Marc:
I have the same relationships. Nothing has changed between the others and I.

Oakley Motorsports:
How do you feel being part of the Oakley team – with so many sports figures from across the World and your own fellow GP riders like Vale?

Marc:
I like Oakley’s style, I feel so good. It’s my third year with this company and every day I use more sunglasses, on the circuit, for my private life, when I practice motocross, skiing, climbing… It’s everything under control with Oakley.

Oakley Motorsports
Finally, the World Cup is this year: Is this something you’re watching closely? Have you been a fan of ‘La Roja’ (Spanish National Soccer/Football Team)?

Marc:
I will support La Roja, obviously. I hope my friend Gerard Piqué can win again the World Cup, but it’s not easy. Brazil and Germany will be very strong.