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Sport Marquez: Better to crash fighting for MotoGP podium than just points

14:45  26 october  2020
14:45  26 october  2020 Source:   autosport.com

Honda rider Marquez does not believe Aragon MotoGP podium is a "real target"

  Honda rider Marquez does not believe Aragon MotoGP podium is a Alex Marquez doesn't feel repeating his Le Mans MotoGP podium success in Sunday's Aragon Grand Prix is a "real target" for HondaThe rookie became Honda's first podium finisher in 2020 when he went from 18th to second in the wet French Grand Prix.

Honda rider Alex Marquez admits he will "need to be lucky" to mount another Aragon MotoGP LCR's Cal Crutchlow managed to qualify three places higher than Marquez did in seventh, but admits he "In the qualifying lap I nearly crashed three times in one lap. "So, it was a good lap that would have been

Honda rider Alex Marquez admits he he'll 'need to be lucky' to mount another Aragon MotoGP podium charge after qualifying a season's- best 10th for the The Honda rookie once again made it directly into Q2 for the second Aragon round and went on to qualify one spot better than last weekend in 10th

Alex Marquez says his crash in the MotoGP Teruel Grand Prix was his own error, but believes it's better to "make a mistake fighting for the podium" than just points.

a man riding a motorcycle on a track: Marquez: Better to crash in fight for podium © LAT Images Marquez: Better to crash in fight for podium

The Honda rider had worked his way up to fourth from 10th on the grid, but crashed going through the Turn 2 right-hander on lap 14.

Marquez was the only rider to go with the hard front tyre in Sunday's, but says this wasn't the reason for his crash and that it was simply a mistake on his part.

This crash marked the first non-finish of his rookie season, though he was still buoyed by his performance up to that point.

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Marquez 'needs luck' for Teruel GP podium tilt. "If we are realistic, we can be in the top five, but from top five LCR's Cal Crutchlow managed to qualify three places higher than Marquez did in seventh, but admits he "almost crashed three times" on his best lap, which he feels lost him around three tenths.

Chatting to Spanish MotoGP ™ broadcaster DAZN at the Gran Premio Liqui Moly de Teruel, Repsol Honda Team Manager Alberto Puig revealed where Honda’s performance gain has come from in the last couple of races, as well as giving an update on the recovery of Marc Marquez .

"The hard front tyre was not the reason for the crash because on the right side it was exactly the same compound like the medium; just the hard tyre was different on the left side, which was a little bit harder," Marquez said when asked by Autosport if his tyre choice had anything to do with his crash.

"But I made a mistake. Was not a fall for some special reason.

"I did a mistake [because] I was a little bit faster, with a little bit more gas and I closed the front. I didn't check it on the data because for me it was clear the mistake.

"But it's true it's my first real mistake in a race and it's better to make a mistake fighting for the podium than fighting for points. So, we need to take this experience for the future.


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Marquez fastest in Teruel GP FP1 despite crash . Honda's Alex Marquez topped the first MotoGP practice for After recording his worst MotoGP finish in last weekend's Aragon GP , Petronas SRT's Quartararo set the Marquez was one of them - whose weakest point this year has been qualifying

Marc Marquez says his massive crash in MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying was the result of “We set up the bike in a way to have the good [race] rhythm, but we were struggling for one lap But I just flew.” Though Honda and Marquez were visibly monitoring Quartararo’s Petronas garage before

"I think we did three really good weekends in a row. We were again fighting for the podium coming from P10.

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"So, we can just be proud, happy, motivated for Valencia to continue in this way and to don't change our mindset.

"Our target is the same, to be in top 10 and continue the work we did here."

Marquez was running just 1.4 seconds behind the Suzuki of Joan Mir in third when he crashed and believes challenging the championship leader for his third-straight rostrum was "realistic" - though concedes repeating his charge for victory from the first Aragon race was unlikely.

"Starting from 10th is always difficult," he added. "Also, at this moment we're not using the start device and we're penalised a little bit at the start from that.

"The confidence and the rhythm was really good, I was coming step by step and making overtakes in a good way.

"So, this was already good from the beginning. I was just trying to control because I knew [Alex] Rins and [Franco] Morbidelli were so difficult to catch because the pace was so good.

"But I think today - being realistic - I was able to fight with Mir for the podium. But they were better than me, they didn't make any mistakes and I made a mistake. So, we need to learn from these mistakes."

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