“At first I thought 'okay we will finish third and it's a good place for us'. But then I saw that Jorge opened the door a bit and I thought 'okay' and I tried to go in.
“The most important thing is that we both finished the race. I'm sorry for Jorge, but I think this is a race and everybody tries to do his 100 percent.”
But would Marquez have tried the same pass if team-mate Dani Pedrosa had been in front of him?
“I don't think so, because I saw on the data that Dani was so strong at that corner,” said Marquez. “All weekend I was struggling there because he was braking so hard and because he was taking a tighter line. So I don't think it would be possible.”
Asked for his opinion of the incident, race winner Pedrosa said:
“I haven't seen it, but it's the last corner and a fight for second place. When these things happen, one side always says 'yes, I know it's on the limit but I won' and the other side says 'sh*t I lost!' Obviously the good thing is nobody fell. It wasn't maybe on purpose to touch, but these things happen sometimes in racing.
“2005 with Rossi and Gibernau, 1996 with Doohan and Criville... It's last corner, it's Jerez, it's like this.”
Lorenzo at least stayed on two wheels (unlike Criville) and out of the gravel trap (unlike Gibernau).