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by Daniel Mackrell

Valentino Rossi recently spoke of his belief that Marc Marquez "has the potential to become the greatest of all time".

Marquez extended his lead in the MotoGP world championship last weekend when he became the first rookie to win the Laguna Seca Grand Prix.

During the race Marquez overtook Rossi on the famous 'corkscrew' corner, before passing Stefan Bradl to take first position on the podium.

After two consecutive victories, Marquez now has a 16-point lead over his nearest rival and Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa.

In response to the Yamaha rider's praise, Marquez said: "When you hear those words it is quite impressive, but we know on track it is completely different.

"You have to try to do your 100 percent. But always it is impressive to hear something like that."

When asked if it was time to pass the crown over to 20-year-old Marquez, Rossi said that it was not his to give away.

"It is Lorenzo that has to give his crown to Marquez, because last time I won the title was in 2009" he said.

The 34-year-old has won 80 races in his career, which is more than any other rider in history, and has won the premier class world championship seven times.

Despite his age, he continues to push for success, and is currently in fourth position this season with four podium finishes, including a first place victory at the TT Circuit Assen last month.

Rossi added: "Race by race I have more feeling that I can stay in front. I can enjoy some good results in the races and the championship and for that I'm happy."

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