Marc Marquez has refused to entertain the idea that he will go the entire MotoGP season unbeaten ahead of this weekend’s Grand Prix de Catalunya in Spain.
The Honda rider has enjoyed an unprecedented start to the 2014 season after claiming every pole position and victory so far this year.
With six wins from as many races under his belt, the reigning champion arrives at his home race full of confidence, after beating double world champion Jorge Lorenzo in a titanic scrap at Mugello two weeks ago.
While Lorenzo’s challenge to Marquez in Italy was the toughest he has faced this season, bookies are offering strong odds for the 21-year-old to win every race this season.
Despite talk of a Marquez domination, the championship leader has been quick to play down the prospect, but admitted anything other than a victory on home soil this weekend would be a disappointment.
“Some people talk about me winning all the races this year, but it’s almost impossible,” said Marquez.
“My confidence level is high at the moment but winning each single race is difficult.
“It is special to be riding at my home track not too far from my home town, but it is more special to be arriving here in this form.
“It is almost like if I don’t win the race it is a disaster, but it’s not like that.
“I expect Jorge and Valentino to be strong here from the beginning, but if we get our set-up right here we can be competitive too.”
Meanwhile, fellow countryman Lorenzo is looking likely to pose the biggest threat to Marquez’s unbeaten run once again after his Yamaha team made sizeable gains in Italy.
“In Mugello we made a step forward with the bike, and I felt much better physically. We arrive here in good shape,” said Lorenzo.
“Barcelona is usually a good track for the Yamaha and my riding style and we finished on the podium here for the last few years.”
Marquez holds a 53 point lead in the championship standings from Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi.