Marc Marquez has said he doesn’t feel as though he needs to fill the shoes vacated by Valentino Rossi.

On Thursday, MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi announced his retirement from riding, ending a 26-year long career that included 9 titles, 7 of which were in the premier class. Marquez is undoubtedly the modern era’s best rider, having taken 8 titles, 6 of which have been in the premier class. Despite this, he doesn’t feel he needs to fill the shoes Rossi will leave at the end of the season.

“I think he leaves us a very important part of MotoGP. But luckily for motorcycling, he will still be involved with his team and developing young riders,” he said.

“As everyone knows our relationship is not good. Everyone goes their own way, but I have no problem recognizing that he has done great things on and off the track. We should be grateful to him and I am sure he will continue to teach us many things. We have to congratulate him on his unique and exceptional career.

“I don’t feel I have the responsibility to take Rossi’s place. Everyone has their own character. I will give 100% on the track, it is clear that I will be the MotoGP rider to have won the most titles, but everyone has a different charisma and certain things cannot be forced.”

Marquez currently sits 10th in the World Championship, having returned from Injury at Portimao earlier this year.

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