Marc Marquez hailed his fourth victory of the season at Misano as the perfect response following his setback at Silverstone.

Marquez was ruled out of the British round of the MotoGP World Championship with an engine failure, with Andrea Dovizioso taking over the title lead as the Ducati rider made it back-to-back victories in the premier class.

However, Marquez refused to allow his head to drop and in difficult conditions at the Marco Simoncelli Circuit, he took a risk on the final lap to edge out Danilo Petrucci for a huge win on the Repsol Honda.

“After the last race I was disappointed but it was important to come back strong and for that reason I took a lot of risks this weekend because we know that Misano normally is a circuit that I am struggling a lot,” said Marquez, who is now tied with Dovizioso on 199 points.

“Now it’s incredible, this championship is incredible and you never know what will happen. It was so difficult before the race because after the Moto3 and Moto2 race there were many crashes from the top guys in the championship.

“It’s quite difficult to go out because you know that you need to finish the race. I knew that if I crashed for some reason and Dovi finished second or third, it will be so difficult, the championship, but in the end you need to understand or manage this kind of pressure.

“Honestly I was disappointed and it was difficult after the Silverstone race because it was difficult to get that small advantage, but this gives to me the motivation and a good feeling this weekend to try to come back.”

Marquez has not completely discounted Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa from the championship equation, but he admits it will be tough for either rider to stake their claim for the title. Rossi missed Misano through injury, while Pedrosa could only finish 14th.

“Now the advantage with Valentino and Dani starts to be a little bit bigger but you ever know in this championship. I think now, race by race by race, there will be less riders fighting for the title and it now looks like me and Dovi leading, Maverick [Vinales] really close but Valentino and Dani are a little bit more far.”

Five rounds remain and Marquez said he expects more surprises between now and the end of the season in what has developed into one of the closest title fights in years.

Asked which of the remaining circuits would be the strongest for his Honda, he said: “I don’t know, honestly, because in Austria I expected to finish 10 seconds behind Dovi and here, it was a difficult circuit. In Silverstone, I expected that Dovi will finish more far from us and he won, and in Austria it was close.

“Here, it was really similar so it is difficult to say, but what I know is that Dovi is strong in every circuit, Ducati is strong in every circuit and it will be a tight and nice fight until the end.

“But also Vinales, we cannot forget him because he is only 16 points behind and looks like he has a good pace; even on wet, when normally he struggles a lot more, he finished fourth,” Marquez added.

“In a difficult circuit we were there, in rain conditions, in cold conditions, so this is the most important for these last races and I know that there will be circuits with better pace and circuits where we will struggle more, but minimum, we are in the top of the championship, equal points with Dovi, and we can manage in a different way.

At one point in the race it appeared as though Marquez was considering entering the pits after the signalled to his team with his leg, but he later explained he was merely trying to cover all eventualities.

“Here in this circuit we changed quite a lot the set-up between dry and wet, then they need time to prepare the dry set-up. We speak before the race and I said to them that if I feel it can be a flag to flag race, I will show my leg and you have time and you can prepare well the dry set-up,” he said.

“For that reason I showed my leg because I saw it was getting dry quite quick. In the end there was not so much water in the track but always try to be ready.”


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