Honda rookie Alex Marquez insists regular MotoGP podium visits are not his “real potential” despite scoring his second successive rostrum with second in the Aragon Grand Prix.
Marquez took his maiden podium in the wet conditions of last week’s French GP and registered his second on Sunday at Aragon after chasing down Alex Rins for the victory in dry conditions.
The Honda rider admitted on Saturday at Aragon after qualifying a season’s-best 11th that aiming for a repeat of his Le Mans success was not a “real target”, but proved to be among the fastest riders in the race.
Though he concedes his first dry podium is “really important”, Marquez believes he must focus on his “rookie potential” of trying to consistently finish in the top eight in the remaining rounds.
“It means a bonus,” Marquez joked, when asked of the significance of his podium.
“Joking aside, it’s true that it’s not two dry podiums.
“It was one wet one at Le Mans, which nobody expected because we were starting from 18th.
“But here it’s a dry podium, not coming because many riders crashed.
“We were the second-fastest on track, recovering a lot of positions.
“It means that we are making our job in the best way that we can.
“We are improving day by day, we will not give up, we will try to still improve to the end of the season.
“Now I will focus 110% in the next weekend because I think we have a good chance to improve and