Riders dismiss Marquez ‘crisis’ talk

The Spaniard has endured a tough start to the 2015 campaign, winning just once in the opening five races and stuttering to fourth place in the championship standings.

Having claimed pole position for Sunday's French GP at Les Mans, Marquez was only able to record a fourth-place finish after problems with his front end saw him drop down the field. 

While the 22-year-old may be struggling to replicate the form which saw him sensationally win the first ten races of the 2014 season, Lorenzo does not believe that there is reason for Marquez to worry, and having been told that he too was in a crisis just two races ago, the Yamaha rider is well placed to comment on the changing nature of motorsport.

“I was very far from Valentino before Jerez,” Lorenzo has been quoted as saying by crash.net. “Some people said I was in crisis and probably some of them are going to say that Marquez is in crisis because of these races. 

“But you know myself, Marc, Valentino, we have the talent and we have to wait for all the circumstances to be on the right way and Marc is going to come back. He is going to win races and be competitive in the future."

Rossi echoed the sentiments of his team-mate, asserting that Marquez can turn the situation around at any time.

“Marc is a little bit behind in the championship also because he doesn't have the 20 points from Argentina [when he fell in their penultimate lap clash]. And after the first three races I heard also that Jorge was in crisis and now he won two races in a row,” commented the Italian.

“This can happen also to Marc because he is a double world champion. He is a rider with an incredible amount of talent so he can arrive at Mugello and win without any surprise.” 

Andrea Dovizioso, who finished third at Les Mans, contends that Marquez is in fact doing well to finish where he has due to the limitations of his Repsol Honda.

“It is always difficult to understand details if you are not on the bike, but my opinion is that the talent of Marc hides some limit of the Honda. Because he is the only one who is able to go fast,” the Ducati rider said. “So I believe Honda at this moment does not have a perfect balance.”