28 September 2015
MotoGP Aragon: Marquez: I apologise to the team and fans
“When a season is not going well for you, then nothing goes your way” - Marc Marquez.
MotoGP champion Marc Marquez's accident-packed season continued at Aragon when he crashed out for the fifth time in 13 races.
While his previous falls resulted from an inherent lack of rear grip on the 2015 Honda, the young Spaniard took full responsibility for the Aragon exit, which occurred as he chased down race leader Jorge Lorenzo on lap 2.
"This time, no. This one was completely my mistake," Marquez said, when asked if the engine had been a factor.
Marquez low-sided at the apex of Turn 12, clinging desperately to his RC213V as he ploughed into the gravel. But the battering rendered his bike unrideable, bringing a frustrating end to a home race he had started from pole.
"Today I can only apologise to the team and the fans, because we were working very well and we had a very good pace all weekend,” Marquez said. “On the second lap, when braking for Turn 12, I made a mistake and lost the front. It was my fault and I apologise.
"Maybe the fact that I didn't have anything to lose and it was a home grand prix, I pushed too much. It was not necessary because in one lap I had already caught Jorge.
"Maybe with a full fuel tank, also maybe the tyres were maybe not at the correct temperature, but I did a mistake. I lost the front and I'm sorry.
“When a season is not going well for you, then nothing goes your way, and it seems that this season we are finding things hard.
"On the other hand I'm really happy for the team because this weekend we worked really good and I feel we have enough pace, set-up and everything to fight for the victory.
"But to beat Lorenzo I had to push at the start. Dani and Valentino lose [to Lorenzo] in this first part of the race and then they had the same distance to him after.
"I knew with the new tyres he was really fast. But maybe I tried to go too quick. Next time, when I lose at the start I need to recover the distance step-by-step.
"The real key is to be right behind Jorge from the first corner."
Aragon was Marquez's first race crash since reverting to a 2014 chassis at Assen, seven races ago. In-between the mishaps, Marquez has won four races.
Despite the Aragon DNF, a Repsol Honda still finished on the podium with team-mate Dani Pedrosa claiming second after a thrilling battle with championship leader Valentino Rossi.
"Dani did a really good race. I think here and Malaysia are his favourite tracks and also he is very competitive," Marquez said.
"But what I see - because I was able to watch almost all the race! - he was struggling a lot in the first laps with the front and then in the last laps with the rear grip.
"I think the Yamaha was one step in front because Valentino was catching him a lot in the acceleration, but he did really great last laps and I enjoyed it a lot on the TV."
Marquez, who had already acknowledged that his hopes of a perfect third MotoGP title are over, remains third in the standings but is now 79 points from Rossi.
Lorenzo's performance, which cut Rossi's advantage to just 14 points, underlined Marquez's opinion that the #99 clearly has the edge in terms of raw speed.
"We already say, and it's easy to see, that Jorge is faster," he said of the Lorenzo-Rossi title fight. "but Valentino is able to take 100% profit. Maybe today he didn't expect Dani.
"Valentino did a great job, he took 16 points, but Jorge in Silverstone was fastest, in Misano was the fastest and here again was one of the fastest.
"So looks like if in normal conditions Jorge is faster, but you never know because Japan, Australia, Malaysia and Valencia it can rain."
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