MAR­QUEZ SAVES THE DAY WITH THIRD

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Marc Mar­quez may well have put one hand on the 2016 Mo­togp ti­tle at Brno, mak­ing the most of the dif­fi­cult con­di­tions to take a third place Ð a re­sult that could be cru­cial in tip­ping the ti­tle race in his favour.

The Rep­sol Honda rider gam­bled wrongly on the choice of tyres for Sun­dayõs race, go­ing not with the harder op­tion Miche­lins that took Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi to first and sec­ond, but in­stead go­ing with the softer com­pound wet tyres.

For­tu­nately for him, Mar­quez was able to use his undis­puted rid­ing abil­i­ties to push through the field to the fi­nal podium po­si­tion.

ÒWE did­nõt take the best strat­egy with tyre choice but it was my de­ci­sion. I ex­pected a flag-to-flag race as it usu­ally dries quick here but the hu­mid­ity maybe changed that to­day. It was im­pos­si­ble to change to slicks. When I re­alised in the race that it would all be wet I knew I needed to man­age the tyres, I was al­ways try­ing to find the wet parts of the track.

Òwhen Cal and Valentino over­took me I saw the lines that they were us­ing on the hard and they had much more grip so I had to for­get about them and in­stead fo­cused on Bar­bera and Ian­none to fight for the podium.ó

And while it may not seem that sig­nif­i­cant in the grand scheme of an 18-round cham­pi­onship, the points lead the Spa­niard now en­joys may well be enough now to se­cure him his third Mo­togp crown.

Now hold­ing a 53-point lead over Rossi and with Lorenzo a fur­ther six adrift, Mar­quez could not fin­ish two races and still lead the ti­tle charge Ð an ad­van­tage he could only have dreamed of at the start of the sea­son.

Òwith the tyres we were on, it was a good re­sult as itõs 16 points. We gained a lot of points on Lorenzo and only lost four to Valentino. I felt strong in the dry, I felt strong in the wet, I felt strong in the damp and this is im­por­tant.

Òthis year weõre work­ing like ants, mak­ing grad­ual, steady im­prove­ments. I made a mis­take with the tyres choice, but itõs eas­ier to judge things in hind­sight.ó

Ev­ery podium counts in the ti­tle chase

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