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Marc Mar­quez re­vealed a new­found ma­tu­rity by set­tling for third place in Jerez and some safe points; a tac­tic that would have been al­most un­heard of for the hard-charg­ing dou­ble world cham­pion only months ago.

Un­able to run the same pace as Lorenzo and Rossi, Mar­quez was still sat­is­fied with his podium.

“I tried as hard as I could at the be­gin­ning and I tried to fol­low to see if I could over­take Jorge – but I could al­ready feel that for me the front tyre was a lit­tle soft. The track tem­per­a­ture was 20 de­grees hot­ter, and for me and my rid­ing style that is not good.

“Jorge started to make some me­tres, and I made a dif­fer­ent de­ci­sion and told my­self that even though it’s not good for our fans, 16 points is good enough for us.

“Maybe last year was dif­fer­ent, but this win­ter I learned a lot. Be­fore the race, Honda boss Nakamoto came to me and said ‘please just fin­ish the race!’ I know from the past that Jerez is not my best track.

“When I saw that Valentino had an in­cred­i­ble level and that Jorge was a lit­tle faster than me too, I thought to my­self ‘ take 16 points and be quiet!’”

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