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Marc Marquez (left) with team-mate Dani Pedrosa at the press conference in Sepang on Oct 10, 2013. Marquez was handed a penalty point for his part which led to Pedrosa's exit in the Aragon GP.
SEPANG: It has been a phenomenal season for youngster Marc Marquez and the Spanish daredevil is not going to change his aggressive riding style as he bids to become the youngest rookie world MotoGP champion.
The 20-year-old MotoGP championship leader was handed a penalty point on Thursday – a day before the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix action revs off at the Sepang International Circuit – for his part that led to Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa’s exit from the Aragon Grand Prix last month.
The decision was made at a Race Direction meeting at the SIC on Thursday, with Marquez, Pedrosa and Repsol Honda Team members present.
This takes Marquez’s penalty-point total to three for this season. He had previously received two for ignoring yellow flags during warm-up for the British Grand Prix in Silverstone.
In the Aragon GP, Marquez was fighting for second when he made a slight contact with Pedrosa at Turn 12 on the sixth lap.
The rear wheel speed sensor cable on the back of Pedrosa’s bike broke and this resulted in him losing traction control, which then saw him crashing out of the race. His team have been docked 25 constructors’ championship points as punishment for not safeguarding the exposed sensor cable.
Marquez’s 39-point lead in the championship over Jorge Lorenzo remains intact with four races remaining but the situation could be tricky as he will be forced to start from the back of the grid for the next grand prix should he get one more penalty point.
But Marquez, who has won an astounding six races in his rookie season in the premier class, insists he will stick to what he does best.
“I don’t want to create any unwanted situation but, in the end, I will be the same. I need to respect the decision and I want to concentrate on this weekend’s race.
“It is important for me to concentrate on these last four races. I will go in with the same mentality, as always,” said Marquez, who crashed out of the wet Moto2 race in Sepang last year on the 13th lap while in eighth place.
But Marquez can take comfort from the fact that the Sepang track holds fond memories for him. It was here that he won in 2010 in the 125cc class from pole position and got his first taste of the power of a MotoGP machine.
“This is where I rode a MotoGP bike for the first time when we came here for winter testing early this year. The electronics have changed a lot since then and it will be interesting this weekend. It’s a track I enjoy ... although I was unlucky in the Moto2 last year,” he said.
The only thing he fears is the unpredictable weather.
“The big risk is if it rains ... as it tends to around late afternoon (race begins at 4pm on Sunday), but I guess everyone goes through the same thing.”
The championships get under way with the practice sessions on Friday.
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