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Honda rookie Alex Marquez insists regular MotoGP podium visits are not his "real potential" despite scoring his second successive rostrum with second in the Aragon Grand Prix.
Marquez took his maiden podium in the wet conditions of last week's French GP andafter chasing down Alex Rins for the victory in dry conditions.
The Honda rider admitted on Saturday at Aragon after qualifying a season's-best 11th that, but proved to be among the fastest riders in the race.
Honda rider Marquez does not believe Aragon MotoGP podium is a "real target"
Alex Marquez doesn't feel repeating his Le Mans MotoGP podium success in Sunday's Aragon Grand Prix is a "real target" for HondaThe rookie became Honda's first podium finisher in 2020 when he went from 18th to second in the wet French Grand Prix.
Though he concedes his first dry podium is "really important", Marquez believes he must focus on his "rookie potential" of trying to consistently finish in the top eight in the remaining rounds.
"It means a bonus," Marquez joked, when asked of the significance of his podium.
"Joking aside, it's true that it's not two dry podiums.
"It was one wet one at Le Mans, which nobody expected because we were starting from 18th.
"But here it's a dry podium, not coming because many riders crashed.
"We were the second-fastest on track, recovering a lot of positions.
"It means that we are making our job in the best way that we can.
"We are improving day by day, we will not give up, we will try to still improve to the end of the season.
"Now I will focus 110% in the next weekend because I think we have a good chance to improve and take some profit.
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"And then we'll think about Valencia, Portimao.
"But I think also we need to see if this potential we have here if we can also show in Valencia and Portimao.
"It will be a good test for us for next year to try to be fast from the beginning.
"But my target is not to be on the podium every weekend because it's not our real potential.
"Our real potential is like a rookie one, trying to be more regular in the top eight and try to be [more consistent] and try to build up our confidence a little bit more."
Marquez was a fixture in the top eight for most of the Aragon GP practices, and admits he felt more "free" on his Honda this weekend.
The Honda rider made two mistakes late on while chasing Rins, which he feels "cost me the chance" to fight for his first win.
"I knew before the race in the last laps I was one of the better riders at managing the tyres, with the life of the rear tyres," he added.
"So I wait until the end to be smart, trying to be really smooth in all the ways.
"Then two laps from the end I did two mistakes, in the last corner and the first corner, that cost me the chance to try to fight for the victory with Rins.
"I lose some tenths there.
"Then in the last lap I tried hard again to expect some mistake from Rins but he was really fast also in the last lap.
"So, really happy, really important podium."
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