Marc Márquez will be eyeing Jorge Lorenzo warily as he prepares to defend his 24-point lead at Sachsenring.
The Spaniard isn’t focusing his attention on bitter foe Valentino Rossi as he sets his sights on another threatening personage. His fellow countryman Lorenzo and runner-up in the championship stakes is currently haunting his dreams, despite the point advantage Márquez took over the Movistar Yamaha drivers in sodden Assen. He also put up an excellent enough performance in the latter half of 2015 that Márquez will be sure to be closely watching him over the ten remaining races of this season.
“We know at the moment that Jorge is the strongest [rival of the Yamaha riders] because he is the closest in the championship. He will be very strong like we saw last year in the second half. So we need to take care about him. Also, don’t forget about Valentino, he is further but not too far. He has been very strong in the races.”
His trepidation should come as welcome news to Lorenzo, who was gutted after he lost 34 valuable points to Márquez in the last two rounds. He’s also feeling a bit nervous about Sachsenring, which has never been kind to him in the past.
“There are some tracks where you are competitive from the beginning and others where you struggle more. Sachsenring is one of those. From 125 in 2003 and 2004, it has always been a little harder.”
As he was in the rain in Assen, Márquez is sure to be in the advantageous position at Sachsenring, where he has been undefeated since 2009. He’s very comfortable around the tight, compact curves of the track, having been racing on dirt tracks all his life.
“I don’t know, maybe it reminds me of a karting track where we train on a Supermoto or when we were kids. Also, I feel better on left corners, maybe from dirt track. We will see this weekend if we can keep the same level.”
These favourable circumstances may make his caution around Lorenzo seem a tad excessive and neurotic. But he’s not in a business where you get anywhere by resting on your laurels. The MotoGP track is ripe breeding ground for a hare and tortoise scenario, so kudos to him for sleeping with one eye open.