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MotoGP champion Marc Marquez admits to feeling under pressure

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez admits that he felt more pressure to succeed this year after winning his first title in 2013 as a rookie.

Recently-crowned MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has admitted that he felt under much more pressure this year because he already had one title under his belt.

The 21-year-old Honda rider clinched the 2013 title by four points as a rookie, but won the crown in a more comfortable fashion at the weekend in Japan with three races left to go.

"Maybe this year looked easy to people, but it was more difficult because last year I didn't have pressure," Autosport.com quotes Marquez as saying. "If I did some mistakes, it was okay because I was a rookie rider.

"This year I always looked smiley and happy, but it was really difficult to keep that level and that concentration because people were expecting a lot of things of you."

Marquez, who won the title ahead of teammate Dani Pedrosa on the Motegi track at the weekend, won the first 10 races of the season.

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Marc Marquez of Spain and Repsol Honda Team speaks with journalists in pit during the 2013 MotoGP of Australia on October 17, 2013
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