THE FALL GUYS HONDA STARS CRASH OUT
Marquez admits crash was his fault after he pushed too hard, too soon in bid to break away from world title rivals
World Motogp champion Marc Marquez has come back down to earth with a bump – a big bump – after crashing out of Sunday’s Argentina GP while leading.
The Repsol Honda star gambled by starting fast and he powered away from the chasing pack until a mistake on only the fifth lap left him down and out, knocking not only his confidence but his title chances as he slumps to eighth overall.
Sunday’s mistake harks back to the wild and loose Marquez of old – a characteristic style he learnt to control in 2015 and 2016 as he realised that the difficult-to-ride RC213V Honda punished small mistakes. He admitted after the race: “It was a mistake, and last year I didn’t make any mistakes. I said it in Qatar and I say it again here in Argentina – a mistake at the start of the year penalises you quite a lot. But we’re humans and we need to understand what caused it.
“I don’t know what happened – I was only leaned over 25º, completely stable in the braking point, and for some reason I locked the front. Maybe the tyre wasn’t ready, but I was feeling really good with the bike. Sure I was pushing, but not a lot.”
However, the Spaniard was adamant that the added pressure of Maverick Viñales was not to blame for the crash and says he feels less stressed now than he did a year ago.
“Of course you feel some pressure of fighting for the championship, and it looks like both Yamaha riders will be there fighting for the championship, because they are really strong and very consistent. We need to work with Honda to find a better way to improve.”
However, there are plenty of positives to take from the weekend for Marquez. He added: “The new bike is different, and it’s true that we’re still working hard to get the best from it. We started the weekend far away, worked hard, and arrived closer during the warm-up, and it’ll be this way in the early races because of the character of the new engine and we have to better understand the electronic base.
“I think that the bike has a good potential, we just need to find the best way to use it. But even like it is now with all these problems, Cal was on the podium and I was leading the race, so we can improve it.”
‘Maybe the tyre wasn’t ready. Sure, I was pushing, but not a lot’