MARQUEZ RELIEVED TO HAVE TITLE IN THE BAG
Marc Marquez’s misfortune last time out at Phillip Island continued at Sepang, with yet another fall robbing him of any chance of a podium finish.
Caused this time by treacherous conditions rather than a return to his wilder riding style, he admitted afterwards that it had caught him unawares.
“Wet conditions can always happen, and I made a completely different mistake to Phillip Island,” said Marquez. “I was trying to make a more normal race like we have during this season. I was waiting to push at the end, but I crashed without doing anything wrong.
“After the crash I told myself, ‘OK, we need to finish the race for the team,’ and just tried to come back faster and faster. To finish 36 seconds behind the leader after a crash isn’t so bad.”
And while rallying back to eleventh at the chequered flag was a respectable result considering the crash, Marquez was adamant afterwards that he was set for a sure-fire podium despite crashing out of the battle for fourth.
He added: “I would have been second. Looking at laptimes, only Dovi was faster than us. Maybe Valentino would have pushed if I’d been there, but I think we were up for second or third place – until I crashed! It’s good that the championship is already in the pocket, otherwise we’d be in trouble!”