MAR­QUEZ RE­LIEVED TO HAVE TI­TLE IN THE BAG

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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!”

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