Marquez falls behind in title race
Marc Marquez looks like he’s gone back to his win-it-or-bin-it style last seen in 2015 after crashing out of his second race in five so far this season. His failure to score any points has dropped him to fourth in the title race and done serious damage to his aspirations of lifting his fourth Motogp crown.
Falling at turn one on lap 18 during Sunday’s French Grand Prix as he tried to stay with the Yamaha trio of Zarco, Viñales and Rossi, he admitted that he was caught out despite trying to keep calm during the race.
“I was careful at a few parts of the circuit where crashes normally happen or where you feel on the limit. In turn one I didn’t expect it, and after hitting the bumps I lost the front and fell. It’s unlucky, but we need to keep pushing now.
“Maybe I had a little too much lean, because I moved too much in the middle of the corner – and of course the Yamaha bikes are very stable there.”
Marquez is now pinning his hopes on the new stiffer construction front tyre Michelin are bringing to Mugello. He hopes it will give him the confidence he craves, especially under braking.
“I knew the Yamaha riders were stronger today, but my target was to fight for four or fifth.
“Two mistakes are too many in five races, but we’re still only 27 points behind Viñales and I’m looking forward to trying out the new front tyre.”
Marquez crashes out while trying to keep the Yamahas in sight at Le Mans