Marc Marquez exclusive: Valentino Rossi was my hero

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Moto GP world champion Marc Marquez paid tribute to the support of his family and his Repsol Honda team exclusively with GiveMeSport ahead of round six of the Moto GP World Championship from Mugello in Italy.

Spanish superstar Marquez sent shockwaves through the sport of Moto GP after he joined Kenny Roberts (1978) as the only other rider to win the Moto GP Word Championship in his rookie season in 2013 and in the process he joined the elite company of Mike Hailwood, Phil Read and Valentino Rossi as the only riders to have won world championships at 125cc, Moto 2 and the elite Moto GP classes.

The records have continued to tumble for Marquez this season as the dominant Repsol Honda rider has chalked up a perfect record so far with five wins from five starts, and the championship leader stressed to GiveMeSport how pleased he is and how supportive his team has been.

“It feels great to make such a good start, and I am really proud of my team that supports me and works hard during each race," Marquez said. "They make me feel confident and their work is invaluable.”

The Spaniard will be making his 33rd Moto GP start this weekend and will be looking for a 14th elite class win, something he admits would never have been possible if it wasn't for the support of his family.

“Yes, I am so grateful to my family for their constant efforts to support me, they give me strength and I feel I can always count on their help. We’ve always been together, it’s like a fantastic road trip full of great memories and fantastic achievements.”

Other than the support of his family and the Honda team, the legendary Valentino Rossi seems to have played a huge part in his career. When asked who he aspired too growing up, not surprisingly Marquez answered: “Valentino Rossi."

The man who has won seven times at the Mugello circuit and one Marquez will have to fend off if he wants to keep his perfect record for 2014 intact.

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