Not everything in the life of Stéphane Peterhansel go through the Dakar Rally, competition that won 13 times. The 53-year-old Frenchman is a huge fan of the a MotoGP, category that you follow very closely. So much so that he confesses himself a follower of the Italian Valentino Rossi and shows his respect for Spanish Marc Márquez.
“I have always followed the Motorcycle World Championship… When I started my motorcycle campaign, in France we had a pilot named Christian Sarron competing in the 500cc race, and we knew each other a lot. I also loved seeing Mike Doohan, Kevin Schwantz and all that generation that dominated 500cc in the mid-'80s and '90s. " Peterhansel said in an interview broadcast by Repsol.
“Currently I try never to miss a race. As for favorites, throughout my motorcycle campaign I was an official Yamaha rider and to this day, more than 30 years after my first contract with them, I still have agreements with the factory and we do projects together. When you're from the Yamaha family, it's easy to guess which rider I appreciate the most: Valentino Rossi. My heart goes out to him, but I have to say that I have great respect for all the drivers and there is one in particular who is incredible. It is none other than Marc Márquez ”, the Gaul explained.
On the current MotoGP champion, Peterhansel noted: “Today, Marc is the strongest on the bike and is accompanied by technique, physique and will; on the track he does things that seem impossible, he is able to control all the situations he encounters. It is a phenomenon and at the moment it is superior to all ”.
Finally, Monsieur Dakar took stock of the first part of the MotoGP season. “We have seen the dominance of a driver rather than a brand, the dominance of Márquez. What Marc does on a motorcycle is incredible and takes a bit of the suspense out of the category, although it is true that for several races we have had the Ducati achieving very good results. Seeing Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo win races makes it more interesting, but perhaps it is a bit late to reach the title. At Yamaha things seem a bit more complicated and it's a shame. It gives the impression that the bike is a little behind compared to the other factories; although Maverick Viñales and Rossi are two very good riders and they will surely work to stay ahead ”.