Marc Marquez's MotoGP title hopes are well and truly on the ropes after the Honda star suffered another fall in Sunday's home Catalunya race.

The reigning double champion was running second to Jorge Lorenzo when he was caught out by the ongoing corner-entry problems with his RCV, on just the third lap.

Marquez said that he braked in the usual place but a rear slide saw the #93 almost clip Lorenzo before veering into the gravel trap, sending him down and out for the third time this season.

"Today was the day that I felt closer to Valentino and Lorenzo's pace," Marquez began. "When I start the race I felt strong behind Jorge but still this problem that we have with corner entry - I'm happy because this weekend we did a step - but the problem is still there. And one thing is riding alone in practice, when I can go wide or tight when I slide and loose maybe one tenth of a second.

"Today when I was behind Lorenzo I braked at the same point, but I had a slide and it was so difficult to stop the bike. Then I saw Lorenzo in front of me and had to decide to go in [to the corner] or go wide. I saw that to go in was too dangerous for both of us, so I decided to go wide. Then I saw the wall was coming really quick and when I entered the gravel I was too fast."

Marquez, who said he did not touch Lorenzo during the incident, added: "The gear lever was damaged so I had to stop. I'm disappointed because we lost many points, but happy on the other side because we did another step [with the bike this weekend]. Tomorrow we have an important test where we need to try some new and old items to understand everything and after that we will see."

With Marquez out, and the likes of Andrea Dovizioso also falling, team-mate Dani Pedrosa went on to finish as best of the rest behind the Movistar Yamahas. However Pedrosa was almost 20-seconds from victory.

"Today I took the risk and people will say 'why don't you finish the race'. Sure I can finish the race 20 seconds behind but you know it is not my style. Yesterday I say that now I am at the point where I need to take risks if I want to win this championship, but I cannot lose any race.

"I tried. We lose the race, now it will be really difficult for the championship but the next target is to try to find the way to be as close as possible to both Yamaha riders. When you are trying to follow the [Yamahas] you need to ride 100% on the limit and then when you do a small mistake, like Mugello and here, you lose the race."

Marquez is 69 points, almost three race wins, behind Valentino Rossi after the seventh of 18 rounds.

"My approach will be the same," Marquez insisted. "I don't have anything to lose now, so just the target is to try to arrive in the top level as soon as possible. Of course now is the time to work hard and I want to thank my team because they finish this weekend at 11-12 each night working on the electronics and things.

"I'm sorry for them because in the end I cannot say thanks with a great result. But when we win, we win together and when we lose, we lose together. We are working hard and really close."

Rossi's team-mate Jorge Lorenzo won his fourth race in a row on Sunday and is just one point from the championship lead.



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