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There's no simple explanation to why Marc Marquez has been able to leave his MotoGP rivals firmly in the shade - but the world champion's affinity for motocross may be a major part of the puzzle.
Honda is traversing one of the most paradoxical periods in the history of MotoGP.
It has wrapped up the riders' and constructors' titles in dominant fashion, with the teams' title still to be decided but Ducati only marginally ahead there. Yet the disparity in the results of Honda's different riders is overwhelming.
While Marquez has taken 11 wins and six second places from the 18 races so far this season, his fellow Honda riders have struggled to even ride the RC213V to anything like its - or their - potential.
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