Martin began from sixth on Saturday on the Indonesian Grand Prix to win the sprint race, marking his fourth half-distance contest success in a row.
With reigning world champion Bagnaia solely eighth after qualifying down in 13th, Martin now leads the standings heading into Sunday’s grand prix by seven factors.
Marquez – who crashed on the opening lap of the dash – believes Martin is in a greater place to win the title over Bagnaia as a result of “he doesn’t have any strain” because of the reality he’s not driving for a manufacturing facility workforce.
“I say already two races in the past I believe and I mentioned once more right this moment with the Spanish journalists: I believe, if I must wager on any individual, I’ll wager on Jorge,” the Honda rider mentioned.
“However why? As a result of he doesn’t have any strain. He’s on a manufacturing facility bike however not within the manufacturing facility workforce.
“He’s not defending the title. If he wins the championship, it’s superb. If he finishes second, it is going to be okay as a result of the conventional factor is that Pecco would win.
“So, now Pecco is struggling what [it] is [like] defending a title, in that generally it’s harder to defend a title than to win.”
The eight-time world champion’s feedback a few satellite tv for pc Ducati rider being below much less strain to win a title are attention-grabbing in gentle of latest occasions, with Marquez joining the Gresini squad in 2024 on a year-old Desmosedici.
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Marquez was preventing inside the highest 10 on the opening lap of Saturday’s dash on the Mandalika circuit when he slid off his Honda battling with Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro at Flip 11.
Whereas he accepted the tumble was his personal mistake, Marquez defined his struggles in getting the rear of the RC213V to do what he desires on the best way into corners was a serious contributing issue.
“This 12 months I’m struggling rather a lot to get that feeling, to slip and go in [to a corner] and preserve the nook velocity,” he mentioned.
“And it’s true that I used the rear brake on that nook, possibly greater than regular.
“After which I slide, however after I launched [the brakes] to lean the bike the rear got here again in a pointy means and when the rear got here again it pushed the entrance.
“I already checked the information; I used to be not [using] additional velocity, it was not additional entrance strain. Simply I used a little bit bit extra the rear brake and slid a bit extra, and when it got here again – as a result of the velocity was already in a great way – I misplaced the entrance.
“However tomorrow I would like to concentrate.”