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September 9th, 2017, 12:09 PM   #1
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On The Limit

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... I am riding on the limit all the time' - Marc Marquez.
Taking for granted that we all understand what 'on the limit' means for Marquez [repeated crashes, even more repeated saves, DNF's out the wazoo, contending on an uncompetitive machine ((debatable?)), insane focus and relentless effort ala Austin qualifying avec running for his second bike after his bike died, etc], here's my question:

How on the limit is he compared to past champions?

Is this 'on the limit' what they all did?

Would Roberts, Fast Freddie, Lawson, Rainey, etc, read that Marquez says he's always on the limit and think "ya, no shit Sherlock, welcome to the club"?
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Would Roberts, Fast Freddie, Lawson, Rainey, etc, read that Marquez says he's always on the limit and think "ya, no shit Sherlock, welcome to the club"?
I think that they would understand that the person asking the question, and most of the people hearing the answer, do not fully understand the all consuming level of dedication and effort that it takes to perform at that level, and that once you swing a leg over the bike and commit to go for it - for the pole, for the fast lap, for the win, for the not fastest lap but the fastest average time - you never really sit back and take a rest. In fact, most times when you are forced to break from your routine - if somebody is following you or gets in your way or there is a mechanical problem - then it is far from a "break" from being on it and is actually more stressful as you force yourself to remain in that "on it" state of mind.

Rather than "yah, no shit..." I'd imagine that they would nod their head thoughtfully and say, "yeah, that sounds about right" while they remember their days in his race boots.
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Good answer, thanks.
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Would Roberts, Fast Freddie, Lawson, Rainey, etc, read that Marquez says he's always on the limit and think "ya, no shit Sherlock, welcome to the club"?

I think they'd say "The guy is a level above everybody else."
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