23 April 2015
MotoGP: Marquez 'Zero intention to cause the accident'
“In 2013 I was 30 points behind and still went on to win the title” – Marc Marquez.
During a media event in Barcelona, MotoGP champion Marc Marquez expanded slightly on his carefully worded comments after clashing with Valentino Rossi on the penultimate lap in Argentina.
The incident, which occurred moments after Marquez had lost the lead to Rossi, saw the Repsol Honda star clip the Italian's rear wheel and fall, leaving Rossi to claim his second win in three events.
“After viewing the race several times, I still stand by what I said in Argentina,” the official MotoGP website quotes Marquez as saying. “These things happen in racing, and you have to learn from it, and I am still young, so I have a lot of lessons to learn.”
One lesson had been the extra-hard rear tyre used by Rossi, the others "I will keep to myself.”
Regarding the incident itself, Rossi felt Marquez made a mistake, while the Spaniard's only reference to the contact immediately after the race was to say “you saw on the video what happened.”
In Spain, Marquez went a little further, ruling out any ill-intention by either rider.
“I am convinced that there was zero intention on my part or Rossi's to cause the accident,” he said. “I have always said that Rossi is my idol, and a benchmark for us all. I have learned a lot from him over the years, and I am still learning. Everything makes you better, even this crash.”
Marquez added: “We are both okay with each other. We are two riders who know how to differentiate between life on and off the track. On track, everyone is looking out for their own interests, so I hope that does not change our relationship.”
All of which means that Marquez is now 30-points behind Rossi, having fought back from last to fifth in the Qatar season-opener before winning in Texas and crashing in Argentina.
“There are lots of things that make me feel very optimistic. For one, I could have won all three races so far,” he declared.
“If I had not made the mistake at the first corner in Qatar, I think I would have been on the podium guaranteed. I won in Austin, and if I did not fall in Argentina, we would have finished second. So we are in good shape for the rest of the season, and we have done a good job so far.
“Secondly, in 2013 after the first six races, Dani was leading the standings, Jorge was second and I was third, 30 points behind Dani, and I still went on to win the title.”
Round four will be the first of Marquez's home events, at Jerez.
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