Marc Marquez was making no excuses after his decision to remain on the circuit on slick tyres in the wet backfired spectacularly at the Aragon MotoGP.

Marquez was leading the race but - like team-mate Dani Pedrosa - ignored the opportunity to enter pit lane to switch to his wet weather machine as the rain increased on the final laps at the Spanish circuit.

The 21-year-old MotoGP world champion was made to pay the price, coming off at T2 on lap 21 just one lap after Pedrosa had fallen from second place. Marquez managed to remount and went on to score points in 13th place, but the young Spaniard had blown his chance of equalling Mick Doohan's run of 12 premier class victories in a season in front of his home fans.

"Today was completely my fault; I spoke with the team before the race about [our strategy] from dry to wet and it was left for my decision about when to go in, because they don't know better than me how the track is," said Repsol Honda star Marquez.

"It was completely my decision and I tried to stay out because I was thinking all the time about the distance to the second rider. I was not so slow, but I never considered the risk to ride with the slick on the wet tarmac, so nothing to say - just my fault and sorry to the team because it was my decision to stay out.

"Next time I will try to improve and it was time for me in those conditions and I was fighting for the victory. The positive thing is that we still increased the distance in the championship," he added.

"The team told me before the start of the race that the rain will arrive more in the end, but the biggest problem was that all the race it was raining a little bit, so for that reason I think also Dani [Pedrosa] stayed out and many other riders stayed out because it was raining, but not a lot.

"I was thinking only about the race and not about the risk, that was riding with the slicks on the wet tarmac.

"I'm happy because it was a new experience for me and it's better to have this experience now this year rather than next year, when maybe it will be closer."

The race also saw Valentino Rossi and Andrea Iannone crash out after running wide, with Rossi touching the wet AstroTurf before being fired off his YZR-M1.

Marquez was asked whether he felt the inclusion of AstroTurf in the run-off zone at MotoGP circuits was 'stupid'.

"Never is it stupid because we ride really fast and when we you go wide it is so difficult to say 'now we will release the brakes and then we will brake again'. Sometimes you think you can't release the brake and you feel the pressure of the brake is not so high, but on the tarmac it is really high," Marquez said.

"Always we are speaking with the Safety Commission but I think we need to keep [the AstroTurf] at some corners, but of course when it rained the day before than it can be more dangerous."

With Pedrosa only managing two points after his fall, Marquez still holds a 75-point title lead and will be crowned champion if he doesn't loose any points to his nearest rival next time in Japan.



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