Mar­quez falls be­hind in ti­tle race

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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

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