MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez says he is no rush to start winning in the category despite his Honda team boss reckoning he will be strong from the start.
Shuhei Nakamoto said earlier this month he believes Marquez, who took the Moto2 title last year, will be able to fight with the likes of team-mate Dani Pedrosa and world champion Jorge Lorenzo right from the start of his MotoGP career.
While Marquez admitted Nakamoto's backing is a confidence boost, the Spaniard believes he has to go step by step.
"I appreciate that he has so much confidence in me, but we know it's going to take time," said Marquez during the unveiling of Honda's new bike in Madrid. "It's obvious that Nakamoto's views give you confidence, but that doesn't mean it will be easy. We know that there is a long way to go to get results.
"We will try to do our thing, but the important part is that we make constant progress and that Nakamoto is pleased with my work and he see that I'm seizing the opportunity."
Marquez, 19, reckons understanding the MotoGP tires will be crucial to his preparations.
"Tires are something that I already noticed in Malaysia, that if depending on how you did the first laps, the tire started to degrade one way or another," he said. "I have a lot of understand about them yet, especially the front tire. The rear tires I maybe started to understand a bit, but managing the last part of the races in MotoGP is very important."