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MotoGP, Márquez: “I missed battling for the Championship in Valencia”

“If the title had still been up for grabs, I wouldn't have made the wrong tyre choice because I would have started like the others. This mistake serves as a lesson”

MotoGP: Márquez: “I missed battling for the Championship in Valencia”


One thing is certain: the Valencia weekend left a bit of a bitter taste in the mouth for Marc Márquez. While it may be true that the title had already been won, the Spaniard had wanted to close out the season with a bang in front of his home fans. Instead, the Honda rider had to deal with a crash in qualifying and another in the race. There was an aspect that conditioned the race of the seven-time world champion.

“I made the wrong tyre choice – number 93 admitted – I arrived on the grid with the soft and then I decided to opt for the medium, making a mistake. With that tyre, in FP3 I had managed to be fast, although in those conditions it was raining less.”

So, Marc prefers to look forward.

A lot of riders crashed with the soft, so you can just imagine with the medium – he pointed out – As I said, in the warm up session,  I had confidence. Unfortunately, the little bit of rain coming out of pit lane fooled me. That's okay; I made a mistake and this lesson will serve me well for the future.”

At this point, one would think that it was a good thing he had already earned the title in Japan, given the contact on Phillip Island with Zarco and this last crash.

Today I missed battling for the Championship – Marc concluded – because if it had been the same situation as 2017, I would have chosen the same tyre as the other riders and I would have gone out on the track with a different mentality.”


Translated by Jonathan Blosser

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