22 August 2016
MotoGP Czech Republic: Marquez on rostrum, but 'strategy not the best'
'Today, we didn't do the best strategy or the best tyre choice but OK, it was completely my decision because I honestly expected a flag to flag race' - Marc Marquez.
MotoGP World Championship leader Marc Marquez admitted his strategy at Brno was not ideal, although the Repsol Honda rider limited the damage to his title advantage by finishing on the rostrum.
Marquez sealed third place on a drying track behind race winner Cal Crutchlow and championship rival Valentino Rossi, losing only four points to the Italian and opening a bigger advantage over Jorge Lorenzo, who failed to finish in the points after a miserable race in the Czech Republic.
Marquez, who now holds sway at the top by 53 points from Rossi, said: “Today, we didn't do the best strategy or the best tyre choice but OK, it was completely my decision because I honestly expected a flag to flag race. Normally here, it can dry very quick but it kept wet and then when I realised in the race that all the race will be wet, I say, 'OK, I need to manage the tyres'.
“I was trying to find all the wet parts and when Crutchlow and Valentino overtook me, I saw with the line on the tyre that they were on the hard and I say, 'forget, because their grip was much more'. I forget these two riders and started concentrating on the two Ducatis – [Andrea] Iannone and [Hector] Barbera, to try to control them,” Marquez added.
“Then in the last four laps I attacked for the podium and it was enough. Today, after the tyre choice, it is a good result because we gain a lot of points on Lorenzo and lose only four on Valentino.”
Although team-mate Dani Pedrosa continues to struggle with the RCV, Marquez says he feels strong in both dry and wet conditions, even if the Honda's acceleration disadvantage is still the main issue in the dry.
“For me, the most important is that I feel strong in the dry and in the wet so this for the championship will be very important. In dry conditions, acceleration is much more important and it is our weak point. In the wet, the limit of acceleration is the rear tyre, it is not the engine or the wheelie,” said Marquez.
“So then for that reason we are more competitive. On dry, in the corners I feel strong and I can see this here because in FP2 I was very strong with no acceleration.”
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