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MotoGP Germany: Marquez: 'Five points won’t change my life'

“In that last chicane many things have happened. But nobody did that" - Marc Marquez.
Marc Marquez attempted to put the Assen controversy behind him as MotoGP re-assembled in Germany on Thursday.

2015 title leader Rossi and reigning champion Marquez battled for the lead throughout the Dutch race, culminating in contact when Honda star Marquez tried to pass Rossi with an inside move at the final chicane.

Rossi ran off-track following the contact, straight-lined the chicane and won the race.

Marquez was unhappy that Rossi had cut the track while Honda team manager Livio Suppo stated the speed with which Rossi reacted to the 'slight contact' suggested his off-track diversion had been planned in advance.

But in the eyes of Rossi and - most importantly - Race Direction, Marquez failed to get in front at any time during the incident, with Rossi only running off because of the contact initiated by Marquez.

At the Sachsenring on Thursday, Marquez was asked if he had changed his opinion of the incident:

“Second place was okay, after [falls at] Mugello and Montmelo, and for me was already a victory. Now what is true is that for the championship, five points more or less doesn't matter. It will not change my life.

“But okay just my question mark was if we are able to do that [cut the corner]. In that last chicane many times, many things have happened. But nobody did that. But now we already know and Valentino teach us again another thing, that he's really smart no? And we must learn about it.”

While Marquez is very much in race victory contention, non-scores in Argentina, Mugello and Catalunya mean he is only fourth in the championship, a massive 74 points from Rossi.

“At the moment I want to go race-by-race and I have enough work to think about me and try to do my job,” he said. “Of course now my target is try to win races because we know that the championship is difficult but if you win races then you can gain some points. Just my target is that.”

The search for more forgiving behaviour on corner entry saw Marquez switch back to the 2014 chassis at Assen. It could prove a key moment in Marquez's season, as the #93 regained feel and confidence in his equipment.

“Honestly Assen was the first weekend maybe this year that I don't change many things on the bike, because we start to find some base [setting],” he said. “Still we need to work. but now I have a bike that, I don't say it is a better or worse bike, but I feel the bike, it gives me more confidence and this helps me to believe more in the bike and to be more constant. So this weekend I will continue on the style of Assen.

“Next week we have a test in Misano where we will try things for next year but also we can use this year so it will be important.”

Marquez refuses to write himself completely out of the title fight, saying “I am 74 points behind Valentino and there still remains half the season, so I still believe!”

But if it does become mathematically impossible, Marquez said he doesn't care whether it's Rossi or Lorenzo that lifts the crown, since neither is a Honda rider.

Marquez hasn't lost a race at the Sachsenring since 2009. His quest for a sixth victory in a row starts with opening practice on Friday morning.

Tagged as: Honda , Marquez

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July 09, 2015 6:23 PM

You got to be kidding me........ he didnt say all that right. And even suppo...... Oh man this is sad this is really sad. He acts like he has never cut any corner. Man what tiny mind he has. You know, when you know yourself and know what you did or ever done you would have never said anything about it. But it seems he doesnt know him self and suppo 1 of the higher men in hrc.....cmon suppo acting like a compleet fool. This way it looks like vr is not only in mm head but in whole hrc. This thing is blown complete out of perspective and the people in hrc are acting like what only they do is allowed. As I said befor this is SAD!!!!!


July 09, 2015 8:39 PM
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grantrd: @bvocal... Rossi tried his mind games on Lorenzo and lost, to the point that he put a wall up in the garage then left the team with his tail between his legs.... Only to return two years later begging for a job....he is doing well this year I'll give him that but my money is on Jorge to lift the trophy again...
What the heck are you talking about? The wall went up because of different tires, and he beat Lorenzo 3 years in a row (and lifted the WC two years in a row) before breaking his leg only a few races into the season......and Lorenzo ultimately ending up with the title. He then went on to return to Yamaha, and have Lorenzo come ahead of him the first year, and beat Lorenzo the second year (and he is currently beating him now). Your recollection of history is spotty at best.

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