Pe­drosa win helps Mar­quez in ti­tle race

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One per­son who ben­e­fit­ted greatly from Dani Pe­drosa’s Misano vic­tory was his team-mate Marc Mar­quez, as his fel­low Rep­sol Honda rider helped con­trol the dam­age Valentino Rossi was able to do to Mar­quez’s ti­tle lead by tak­ing away valu­able points.

Strug­gling all week­end to make use of the new-con­struc­tion front tyres Miche­lin brought to Italy and forced to race on the harder op­tion that re­tained the old con­struc­tion, Mar­quez might have lost out on his tar­get of a podium fin­ish – but says he did the best he could.

“We can say that I chose the best op­tion of tyres for me. It was a com­pletely dif­fer­ent choice from the oth­ers, but the main prob­lem dur­ing the race in­stead was that I was un­able to use the new tyres that Miche­lin brought. I was strug­gling a lot, and I didn’t find the best feel­ing all week­end.

“For some rea­son, my rhythm was sim­i­lar to what I had in free prac­tice four, but the oth­ers were able to go a lot faster, even Dani. In one part of the race, I was very fast – but I felt that if I con­tin­ued rid­ing like that, there was more pos­si­bil­ity of crash­ing than fin­ish­ing on the podium! I just waited in fourth place, hop­ing that Dani would win the race and make sure that Valentino would get fewer points!”

And with his lead in the cham­pi­onship still 43 points as the se­ries re­turns to Aragon and his na­tive Spain, the 23-year-old sees lit­tle

Mar­quez didn’t gel with the new front tyre, but Pe­drosa did

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