Marc Marquez: perfect season

The problem, it later transpired, was an issue with engine braking. Márquez had asked Honda for one thing at the end of 2018: more horsepower to at least stay with the Ducatis on the straights. If he had that, he could handle the rest. “We knew that we had the best rider in the world, and so we gave him the power,” HRC Technical Director Takeo Yokoyama said after Márquez had clinched his sixth MotoGP title in Buriram. “Because power, in the middle of the straight, if you don’t have the power, you can’t do anything. He said many times, if he has a good engine, he doesn’t need to push into the braking, push in the corner, and he can save the tire for when he needs it, and things like this.”

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