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Marc Mar­quez’s hopes of tak­ing points off ti­tle ri­val Mav­er­ick Viñales were brought to an abrupt halt at Mugello, af­ter suf­fer­ing through­out the race week­end with tyre is­sues he had to set­tle for sixth place.

Forced by con­struc­tion of the tyres that Miche­lin brought to the race to take an un­usual de­ci­sion and run the medium front in­stead of his usual hard op­tion, Mar­quez adopted the cau­tious style that took him to the 2016 ti­tle and set­tled for safe points.

He said: “Of course it’s al­ways im­por­tant to try to win when you can. But at Mugello I tried to and couldn’t, even though I started quite well and did my best to push in the first few laps. I tried to be com­pet­i­tive, but I could see that I was tak­ing a lot of risk in the corners.

“Then I started to strug­gle with the front tyre, be­cause I went with the medium. It was asym­met­ric and the right side was harder and it was the only op­tion that I had be­cause with the hard op­tion I could only do 12 laps un­til the tyre was de­stroyed. Even Dani was strug­gling.”

Un­able to de­fend a top five po­si­tion from the late-charg­ing Al­varo Bautista Mar­quez scored 10 points com­pared to Viñales’ 20 and faces a tough chal­lenge this week­end with hot and greasy con­di­tions ex­pected at his home race.

Mar­quez had to take a ma­ture ap­proach

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