‘I HAD TO BEAT ROSSI’
Honda man puts it on the line to win big in Aragon and step up title push
Marquez recovers from a near miss with disaster to cruise to the front at Aragon – putting Rossi further back in the battle for the title.
Marc Marquez defeated his Motogp rivals on track and off by taking a dominant win at Motorland Aragon on Sunday. His emphatic victory was played out in front of his ever- growing army of fans at a track where he knew he could dominate before the weekend even got underway.
With the knowledge that both he and his Repsol Honda excel at the Spanish circuit, Marquez abandoned his recent tactics of being consistent and conservative in a bid to maintain his series lead.
Instead of biding his time and simply following title rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi to a safe podium finish, he instead went on the attack, taking a convincing race victory despite making potentially crucial errors early in the race.
“I’m very happy to have taken the win at my home Grand Prix, and one of my favourite races. I was waiting for this race, and it was a ‘red point’ on the calendar for me, as I saw it as one where I wanted to attack and where I could win the race,” Marquez said.
And while he might have been the fastest man on track during Sunday’s race, Marquez admits he was lucky to actually finish the 23-lap encounter, after a huge moment at turn seven on lap three.
“I tried to lead the way to build a gap, but I had a big moment. I was already on the floor – I don’t know how I saved the crash. After that I said ‘OK, quiet, step by step again.’ I gained positions, some time against Valentino and when I caught him I relaxed for one lap then I overtook him and I attacked to open a gap. It was enough to win the race. It was a miracle that I didn’t crash.”
But despite the scare, there was nothing to slow him in the second
half of the race, and he now holds a massive 52-point lead in the championship battle with only four races left to go and 100 points available.
Regardless of his stunning pace and his title lead, the 23-yearold, who matched fellow Repsol Honda rider Mick Doohan’s record of 54 Grand Prix wins with the victory, says that there’s still time for anything to happen.
“It’s a nice advantage but like we saw today it’s important to be very focused, because to crash is really easy. We go to into the Asian tour now and this is one of the most difficult points of the season because it’s three races in a row. We need to keep the same mentality, the same concentration. We know that at some circuits we will struggle more, some circuits less, but we need to be like we are now.
“But it was important to beat Valentino. He was catching me step by step, and it was important to stop him. If not, his mentality is going up, up, up, and we would start to have some doubts. But here I feel good again on the bike. I was waiting for this race, on the calendar. I came here to attack for a win, and everything went to plan.”
Ôwhen I caught Valentino, I relaxed for a lap then attackedõ MARC MARQUEZ
Victory at Aragon puts Marquez 52 points clear at the top of the title standings