Marc Marquez says he has “nothing to lose” and intends to gamble at the Czech Republic Grand Prix in Brno on Sunday.
The Repsol Honda rider claimed second place on the grid after posting a time just 0.074 seconds slower than Movistar Yahama’s Jorge Lorenzo in qualifying on Saturday.
Marquez is currently third on the Moto GP world standings, trailing second-placed Lorenzo by 45 points and first-placed Valentino Rossi by 54.
The Spaniard intends to attack the Yahama teammates at every possibility on Sunday, even at the risk of crashing out.
“The target was the front row, but of course I pushed for the pole. In the end it was really close with Jorge, but he did an incredible lap,” Marquez told Crash.net.
“But the most important thing is the rhythm. I think we are there. In the warm-up I will try to improve more on the riding style than the set-up, because I think I can improve a little bit.
“Then the main target is to do a good start and try to follow both Yamaha riders. It can be a good race because it's a good circuit for overtakes.
“I'm far (in the title chase) and the important thing is that I have nothing to lose. So if I need to take the risk I will do it.”
In clinching pole position on Saturday, Lorenzo also set a new lap record of 1:54.989 at the Brno circuit.
However, Marquez believes there “isn’t much” between them and intends to step up a gear on Sunday. Rossi took third on the grid; with his fastest time 0.364 seconds slower than Marquez.