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Max Verstappen

Verstappen on swapping four wheels for two: I could break my legs!

The two-time Formula 1 champion sits down with the six-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez, discussing their admiration for one another and why Verstappen will not be seen on two wheels any time soon.

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The recent 'Honda Thanks Day' was an opportunity for not only the Red Bull and AlphaTuari drivers to show their appreciation, but also for them to meet MotoGP champion Marc Marquez.

Max Verstappen showed his respect for the six-time MotoGP champion when asked to describe him in three words: "What I like about Marc is that he's a fighter. He doesn't give up. He's dedicated, a hard racer. I use way too many words!"

Marquez offered similar praise: "Max is ambitious, his ambition is something I really like. He's talented and he's got killer instincts. You need killer instincts in a sport if you want to be the best."

Marquez: Verstappen can 'manage pressure' effectively

Marquez elaborated on his compliments towards the two-time champion, believing Verstappen's success stems from his ability to manage pressure.

"Many drivers are talented and fast in the tests, but when it comes down to it, it is difficult to deal with the pressure. Max manages that," he said.

The MotoGP rider has suffered from injuries in recent years, which have forced him out of competing at the same level as his championship years.

But Verstappen still thinks Marquez is one of the most talented riders out in the field, and should return to challenging for championships.

He added: "The talent and the best rider always come to the surface. In recent years Marc has been that person.

"The last two years were a bit difficult because of his injury, but if I looked at MotoGP in the years before, the chance was 99% that he would go win.

"Marc is great. I look forward to the moment when he is back at full power."

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Verstappen banned from riding MotoGP bike

Verstappen has stated that he wants to try out riding a MotoGP bike, but says Red Bull has banned him from taking part in the activity.

"These guys are insane! The speeds they reach on the straights and the horsepower of the engines.

"I would like to try it out someday, but I'm still not allowed to. Red Bull doesn't allow that," Verstappen laughs.

Marquez added: "Now you have time for it in winter Max!"

But Verstappen offers a reasonable excuse: "No, then I can break my legs. I know myself. You really want to try it out a bit, but then it goes wrong.

"It's really fascinating how strong motorcycle racers are. I love watching MotoGP. There are so many teams that can win today, so that's very nice."

The full interview can be watched here.

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