MotoGP World Championship leader Marc Marquez conceded that he 'maybe attacked too much' as the Repsol Honda rider fought for second place in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Marquez was involved in a fierce battle with Valentino Rossi as the pair swapped places before the Spaniard made a break, chasing after Cal Crutchlow in second place.
He reeled in the LCR Honda rider and again become embroiled in a battle with the home favourite before clipping Crutchlow's knee at the end of the Hangar Straight and running off the track, losing time and eventually having to fight back and pass team-mate Dani Pedrosa to snatch fourth place.
“Maybe in the beginning of the race I was able to be even faster, but the biggest problem for me was after only four laps, I started to feel that soft tyre in the front was a mistake. It was moving too much, it was slow to turn the bike, and I was with the elbows all the time trying to manage the front. This was the first mistake,” Marquez said.
“Then I tried to manage the race behind Valentino, because I know that he is the main opponent for the championship, and then when five laps remained, I started to attack. Maybe I attack too much, take too much risk, but I believe that I was able to finish second. For that reason I push, but when two laps remain, I did the mistake with Cal, and then I lost many positions. But we need to see the positive things, that we lose only three points.”
Marquez denied last season's infamous clash with Rossi at Sepang entered his mind as he traded blows with his old foe and said he preferred instead to think about the future.
“No. In the end, I don't want to think about the past, I want to think about the future, because this championship, we are working really hard, and I don't want to spend one second to think about the past. Just thinking about the present and the future and try to work for the next race.”
The 23-year-old said instability with the rear of the Honda also proved an issue during the in addition to set-up woe and front tyre problems.
“This is one thing that we struggle a lot with in this circuit, for example. We lose the FP1 a little bit with one change, we made a mistake there. Then we lost the FP4 with the rain, and we couldn't find the best set up. For that reason it was really unstable,” he said.
“But you know, we are struggling this race, but even though we were struggling with the set-up, with the front tyre and everything, we were able to fight with Valentino and for the podium.”
Marquez, who opted for the soft front tyre in contrast to the top three of Maverick Vinales, Crutchlow and Rossi, said the decision to run with the softer compound was entirely his.
“No, always the last decision is mine. In Brno, OK, on dry conditions is more a question mark. It's like a gamble. But here, the team said to me, maybe the K (hard front) can be the option, but I didn't try it.
“And I was a little bit scared of having some locking on the braking, and the temperature on the ground was honestly 21°, yesterday in the morning was 20°, and I felt OK. But in the end in the race, with other riders, with the drifting, it didn't work well. But experience for the future.”
Misano is next up on the calendar with only a few days' respite before free practice commences on Friday and Marquez is optimistic it will prove a more favourable circuit for the Honda.
“The bike was working not so bad here, it was working well because all the acceleration points are in a different way. All the corners we start with third gear, more or less, and is in a different way. In Misano is different, but that circuit for example, I like it. For my riding style is a little bit better than this one,” he said.
“We will see how it is in Misano, but the important thing is that step by step, Honda is getting better and better, and in this circuit with my set up on the bike, I was struggling a little bit more, but we were able to be there.”
Asked for his expectations for the race next Sunday, he added: “Difficult to say, but I expect to fight with Yamaha. Why not? In the end, we must go there with this mentality, we cannot go there and think, maybe we will struggle. We need to be convinced. And I think that if we work well during the weekend, maybe we can fight for the podium.”