MotoGP points leader Valentino Rossi remains adamant that Marc Marquez can still challenge for this year’s title, despite Honda’s reigning champion suffering three non-finishes already in 2015.
Rossi leads Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo by 10 points with 10 races remaining, but Marquez is 74 behind the Italian.
Speaking at Sachsenring in Germany this evening, Rossi – who has seven premier class titles to his name and two in the junior categories – knows there is still a long way to go in the quest for the championship.
“Marc has come back to his chassis from last year and psychologically for him it’s a help, also technically I think, so he will be competitive from now until the end of the season for sure,” said Rossi. “For this reason, he is not out of the championship.
“But it is also true that our bike is more comfortable and better than last year, so both Jorge and me can fight more with Marc, we will be more competitive than before.
“For this reason, it’s difficult – the distance is big, but it’s not huge, because we have 10 races to go.”
"Difficult but not impossible"
Rossi admitted that it would be more difficult for Marquez – with whom he clashed at the final corner at Assen recently – to overcome both Yamaha riders, rather than just one.
“More difficult, yes, for sure,” he said when asked. “Anyway, it’s difficult but not impossible – many races to go, many things can happen.”