Marc Márquez takes another step towards the title with fourth in the wet

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The Repsol Honda rider takes fourth in Sepang, and leads the standings by 21 points going into the final round at Valencia. Dani Pedrosa places fifth in a difficult wet race.

Marc Márquez rodando en la Honda RC213V
Marc Márquez takes another step towards the title with fourth in the wet

I got a good start, and I tried to push at the beginning.


Marc Márquez

Marc Márquez only needs to finish eleventh at Valencia, should Andrea Dovizioso win the race, to take the  MotoGP title.

Márquez set the fourth best race lap time and Pedrosa the seventh best. Neither of the two went quicker than 2:14, whilst racewinner Dovizioso clocked the fastest time of 2:13.084.

Dani Pedrosa is fifth in the overall standings, 12 points behind fourth placed Valentino Rossi.

Marc Márquez

“Today the race was the most difficult one we could have had for the Championship because we had rain conditions and the track was extremely slippery. Anyway, I got a good start, and I tried to push at the beginning because I didn’t want to be stuck in the middle of the group. Then I tried to find the feeling and the pace but I saw that both the Ducatis were very fast, so I decided to not take too many risks, to be calm, and to get good points for the Championship. I thought about trying to get Zarco but the risk was too big just to have an advantage of 24 points instead of 21. This wasn’t the race to win the Title but rather one to get closer to it. I’m happy because after a difficult weekend, at a track were we always struggle, we still managed to finish fourth. Of course now we need to keep focused, to train well this week, and to work to be at 100% on Sunday in Valencia without relaxing too much with the advantage we have. Today we won the Constructor Title, and that’s a first step!”

Dani Pedrosa

“Overall I’m happy with the result, and I’d like to thank my team for giving me a bike that allowed me to be competitive. Of course after earning the pole yesterday, the expectations would have been high if the conditions were dry, and when I saw the rain starting to fall I thought we might go from first to last. But in the end we changed the setting, trying something we had never used before in an effort to get more rear grip, and it worked! That and the choice of the soft rear tyre gave me confidence. The feeling still wasn’t perfect because the tyre was spinning on the straights, but at least it gave me edge grip and I was able to lean the bike. We’ve learned something that I think may also be helpful for the technicians in the future, so we can be satisfied. Today Honda won the Constructor Championship, and that’s important. It’s another title for the Company, and I’m happy about that.”

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