Marquez eyeing race wins, not Rossi

Marc Marquez has said that his primary concern for the remainder of the season is securing race victories and not chasing down Championship leader Valentino Rossi.

Marc Marquez has said that his primary concern for the remainder of the season is securing race victories and not chasing down Championship leader Valentino Rossi.

The reigning World Champion endured a torrid start to the 2015 campaign, failing to finish in three of the first six races to fall off the pace set by the Yamaha duo of Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.

Marquez currently sits in fourth place in the standings, 65 points behind Rossi, and while he believes that he can catch the Italian, he insists that it is not at the forefront of his mind.

“I don’t want to think about the championship this year,” said Marquez in an interview with Red Bull.

“[The points gap] is too far and I don’t want it to be an obsession.

“I want to try to win races and then see where we end up at the end of the year. 65 points is a lot, but it’s not impossible [to catch up].

“We still have half the season remaining, so we will keep pushing. Indy is a good circuit for me, and there we will try to win the race.”

The Spaniard revealed that he is feeling a lot more positive about where his Repsol Honda team currently stand after strong showings in the Netherlands in late June and in Germany last time out.

“We can’t be happy with the first half of the season because we made a lot of mistakes and we struggled a lot,” he said. “But now I’m happy because in the last two races – at Assen and the Sachsenring – it looks like the bike is working better with the 2014 chassis and some new parts.”

Regardless of how the race for the Championship ends, Marquez believes that he can learn a lot from the current campaign.

“Of course you prefer to be the best and lead the championship, but during a rider’s career there are ups and downs and it’s difficult to win every year,” he said.

“What’s important is, when you have a difficult moment, you come back even stronger.

“It will be a good experience for me in the future because I’m 22, I’ve won [the championship] twice already, but I still have to learn many things.”