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Marquez 'Idea was to win MotoGP title at Aragon'

“My idea was to try to win the championship here in Aragon, honestly” - Marc Marquez.
The reason Marc Marquez pushed so hard at Misano was to try and wrap-up the MotoGP title in front of his home Spanish fans at Aragon, the Honda star has revealed.

With eleven wins from twelve rounds, Marquez held an 89-point advantage prior to Misano and needed to pull 100-points clear by the end of Sunday's Aragon race to defend his title with four rounds to spare.

Victory at both Misano and Aragon would have guaranteed ten of those eleven points, but the risk backfired when Marquez fell from his RC213V while trying to keep in touch with Valentino Rossi. Marquez's first race fall since Mugello 2013 has reduced his title advantage to 74 points, meaning it is mathematically impossible to be crowned this weekend.

“Of course in Misano on Sunday we were not ready to fight for the victory. But anyway I tried because my idea was to try to win the championship here in Aragon, honestly,” Marquez said on Thursday. “But it was not possible. I took a risk, but I was over the limit and I crashed. Now is the time to maybe think about the championship and try to manage the advantage, concentrate only for the championship.”

He didn't know it at the time but - with team-mate and nearest rival Dani Pedrosa struggling in Italy - had Marquez remained second and Pedrosa fourth, Marquez's points lead would have been 94 points over Rossi heading into this weekend.

Marquez claimed a controversial win at Aragon last season, after light contact with Pedrosa caused a traction control failure.

“Here is one of my favourite circuits," said Marquez. "I enjoy riding here every year. The layout is incredible.”

Tagged as: Honda , Marquez

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