Marc Marquez says the threat of a ‘difficult moment’ with Johann Zarco forced him into a mistake that almost put him out of the final race of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship at Valencia.

Marquez took the lead on the Repsol Honda at the final corner but ran off the track at Turn 1 at the start of the following lap and almost came off, saving the bike on his knee before safely returning to the race.

He eventually finished on the podium in third on home soil in Spain to secure his fourth MotoGP title and his sixth world championship success, with team-mate Dani Pedrosa getting the better of Zarco to notch up his second win of the season.

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Reflecting on his dramatic near-miss, Marquez said: “The easiest strategy was just to lead the race but it was so difficult to control myself because from the beginning, I start not so bad and then I saw Zarco was behind so I let him pass because I know that he will try to push.

“When I was behind him I was able to be much faster but I was losing the concentration and doing some stupid mistakes because I was not riding on my way. Then when he did a mistake I went through, but I saw that he was aggressive and for that reason I did the mistake in the first corner.

“When I passed him in the last corner, I was scared because I feel like his bike was close, so I tried to brake later to try to avoid a difficult moment,” added Marquez.

“But I pushed myself to a critical moment and when I lose the front, I say, OK I will stay with my bike and we will see where we finish! Just when I was already down, I pull up the bike. At that moment I say, OK time to finish the race, but then when I see that [Jorge] Lorenzo and Dovi [Andrea Dovizioso] did a mistake, I was disappointed because I would like that Dovi is here with us because he did an amazing season.”

With Dovizioso ruled out of the race after running into the gravel and falling off at Turn 8, Marquez briefly set about trying to reduced the deficit to race leaders Zarco and Pedrosa before finally throwing in the towel.

“At that point I say I will try to catch them again and I went down to ’31.7, but it was impossible to keep concentration, I was losing the gears, missing the corners, so I say finish the race and enjoy this night,” he said.

“But it was a mistake I did and it is something I don’t want to repeat in the future. But we finished in a good way with something special.”

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His saves are incomprehensible, the guy is a genious.

I am not a MM fan, but you have to give him credit for being one heck of a rider.  You rarely see anyone save a crash like that and come out on top of the bike.  

Twice he save himself like this.. So we can not say this is just luck,  he have great skill to deal with the such conditions...

I think he crashed like 37 times this season, so he has a lot of practice with this. Would be a miracle if he does not injure himself if he continues like this...

@someone

When you under 30yo(year old) you have reflect to avoid injure in some thing you want to do,  actually this reflect start decline at 28yo,  but some practice can help to maintain this reflect until 31 and max 33yo... after 34yo you can cheat that you have lost some reflect to avoid injure, even to avoid an accident...

So injure is definitely can happen to Marquez if he still like this when his reflect starting decline..

This makes sense now knowing how the race played out for him personally.   He would never have caught Dovi for 3rd either had AD stayed upright, but he had to try to win.  So all credit to both men.

Not my favorite track for a finale, but this one turned out to be a real chess match.

Zarco!  He's going to be a championship contender very soon.  This kid has something up his sleeve.

sorry i mean can not cheat...

Wow. Zarco needs to be given a factory bike soon. That young man can certainly ride and maintain his tyres. He's also as smooth as silk. Next year I'm sure he'll be a contender.

MM will be battling with JZ for the forseeable future.  If Yamaha can gets it's bike in order, we'll see MV in there too.  This was an amazing year.  Looking forward to next season.

1234 has hit the nail on the head. Looking forward to the next season too, should be a real cracker!

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