Dovizioso's title bid reminiscent of Hayden's - Marquez

Andrea Dovizioso's current MotoGP title challenge is reminiscent of the late Nicky Hayden's championship-winning 2006 campaign, reckons Marc Marquez.

Dovizioso's title bid reminiscent of Hayden's - Marquez
Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden celebrates
Podium: race winner Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden celebrates
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati Team, Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
Podium: race winner Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team, second place Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, third place Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Racing
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team

Hayden, who was killed earlier this year in a cycling accident, claimed an against-the-odds premier class crown 11 years ago, coming out on top against Valentino Rossi in the final race of the year at Valencia.

It's a situation that Marquez likens to his own battle against Ducati's Dovizioso, who before 2017 had won only two MotoGP races but has taken five victories this season in a breakthrough campaign.

The Honda rider admits that, much like Hayden's 2006 charge, a potential Dovizioso title win would be popular throughout the grand prix paddock.

“I look after my fans and my team, who will always support me until the end," said Marquez. "But if Dovi wins the title, everyone would celebrate it.

"He's had a long career, he's worked hard and deserves it: he has the level to clinch it.

"It reminds me of Hayden in 2006, when everyone thought Rossi would win it and finally it was Hayden who did it."

Motegi points loss expected

Marquez's lead over Dovizioso was cut to 11 points in their frenetic Motegi battle last weekend, which was won by the Ducati rider after a thrilling wet-weather dice.

But Marquez says he had expected to concede ground to Dovizioso at the Japanese track, and equally has Phillip Island earmarked as a venue where he needs to rebuild his advantage.

“At Motegi I had clear in mind that I could lose some points," he admitted. "What I’ve planned out here is to end up in front of him. However, that means more pressure on my shoulders, I won't lie.

"This result would be better for me because in Malaysia the Ducati bike is very fast."

The Spaniard also said he expects Ducati to employ team orders to support Dovizioso's title bid, but isn't counting on any help from his own Honda stablemates to defeat the Italian.

“Ducati will use team orders because it is a factory and there's a championship at stake," said Marquez. "I depend on myself and I don't want to depend on anyone.” 

shares
comments
Lorenzo surprised by Dovizioso MotoGP title tilt

Previous article

Lorenzo surprised by Dovizioso MotoGP title tilt

Next article

Australian MotoGP: Fast-starting Marquez tops first practice

Australian MotoGP: Fast-starting Marquez tops first practice
Load comments
The three factors that crowned MotoGP's newest champion at Misano Prime

The three factors that crowned MotoGP's newest champion at Misano

The prospect of Fabio Quartararo clinching the 2021 MotoGP world championship title at Misano appeared small after struggling to 15th in qualifying, while main rival Francesco Bagnaia took pole. Here's how the Yamaha rider turned it around, with help from an ill-fated Bagnaia tyre choice, to secure the crown with two races to spare

Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on Prime

Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on

Saturday 23 October marks the 10th anniversary of Marco Simoncelli's death. The one-time 250cc world champion and double MotoGP podium finisher was the ultimate maverick character with big hair, a big personality and an even bigger talent. Motorsport.com pays tribute to a much-missed figure, a decade on.

MotoGP
Oct 23, 2021
Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha in MotoGP Prime

Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha in MotoGP

Fabio Quartararo has his first match point in the 2021 MotoGP title race this weekend at Misano. While the 2021 Yamaha is a much-improved bike to its inconsistent predecessor, its the rider himself who has shown the biggest evolution this season. Oriol Puigdemont delves into Quartararo's growth.

MotoGP
Oct 19, 2021
Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider Prime

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider

Marc Marquez's romp to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas led many to believe the 'old' pre-injury Honda rider was close to coming back to his full powers. However, the 'old' Marquez will probably never exist again and instead he'll have to adapt to his new reality to return to title-winning ways in 2022.

MotoGP
Oct 6, 2021
Why self-preservation was key to Marquez's COTA "dream" result Prime

Why self-preservation was key to Marquez's COTA "dream" result

Marc Marquez scorched to his seventh Circuit of the Americas victory in MotoGP last Sunday with a display reminiscent of his pre-injury form. However, his path to the win across the weekend was in keeping with the current reality of his physical limitations, with self-preservation on Saturday key to his Sunday success

MotoGP
Oct 4, 2021
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Prime

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Prime

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”.

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future Prime

Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino GP will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP's present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia's flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021