13 July 2015
MotoGP Germany: Marquez: Now I'm having fun again
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez savours first MotoGP victory since Austin in April with dominant performance at Sachsenring, targets more improvements with RC213V in Misano test next week.
Marc Marquez says he is having fun again on the Repsol Honda, after the MotoGP world champion dominated Sunday's ninth round at the Sachsenring for only his second victory of the season.
Marquez took over from Jorge Lorenzo on lap five and pulled away at the front after opting to run the harder front tyre along with team-mate Dani Pedrosa in a gamble that paid off for the Honda riders, who completed a one-two.
It was Marquez's sixth victory from seven pole starts across all classes at the German circuit and his third successive premier class win on the Honda.
Yet while Marquez was keen to savour the moment following a rare win this season, the 22-year-old is all too aware that victory at a circuit where the Honda excels is not the answer to all his problems.
While most of the paddock now head for their summer holidays, Marquez and Pedrosa will undertake a test at Misano next week (alongside Ducati and Suzuki) to work on further progress ahead of the next race at Indianapolis on August 9, plus developments for 2016.
Germany was Marquez's second race since reverting to the 2014 Honda chassis, which he feels is more forgiving of mistakes when pushed to the limit under braking.
“I'm very happy for this victory because I worked really hard in Assen and here. In Assen we were close and here in the end we get it,” said Marquez.
“I'm happy for the result, but also happy because I am starting to enjoy on the bike again. In the end I was concentrated and we did a great job and we must enjoy the moment.
“Next week we have a test in Misano and there I think it will be important for the second part of the season and we want to work hard to improve those problems that we had and here we still have. But I am happy to feel again the victory,” he added.
“Really important for Honda [one-two with Dani Pedrosa] and I am very happy for the team but Honda work very hard and they are working a lot in Japan to give to us the best and we know that step by step we will come back but ok, it definitely looks like we arrive, but we need to do another step for arrive completely.
“Happy to be again enjoying on the bike and this is the most important.”
On the decision not to run with Bridgestone's asymmetric or medium front tyres, Marquez said he had to be cautious in the early stages on the hard front and praised Lorenzo's stunning outside move to take the lead at through the opening turns.
“It was incredible on the start. I start well and then I tried to go in because I know that the first corner is always tricky, but I saw [Jorge] Lorenzo and he had an impressive corner,” he said.
“Dani and me we were with the hard tyre on the front and both of us were steady on the first corners because it is downhill and if you lose the front there it is bad news.
“After that, when I passed Lorenzo I did the same rhythm like in the practice and when I saw that the lead was already three or four seconds, I start to manage the distance,” added Marquez, who broke Pedrosa's 2011 lap record with a time of 1m 21.530s on lap 10.
“We go to Misano and it will be an important test for me, Dani and for Honda for the future but we will work hard there and then of course we will take a minimum of five or seven days off to try to enjoy also the summer break.”
Two days of the Misano test will be with this year's Bridgestone tyres, with a third day on the 2016 Michelins.
Marquez is now 64 points behind Valentino Rossi, who finished third on Sunday, as the championship reaches its midway stage.
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