Márquez places sixth and Pedrosa crashes on final lap

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The Repsol Honda riders are level on 68 points in the World Championship standings, in fourth and fifth position. They are 37 points off the lead.

Márquez places sixth and Pedrosa crashes on final lap

We must keep working hard and look to improve


Marc Márquez


Following the start, Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Márquez was third on the second lap and took the chequered flag sixth, just 83 thousandths of a second of fifth place.

Dani Pedrosa crashed on the final lap when attempting to overtake Cal Crutchlow.

Marc Márquez

I started the race strong because I knew the first laps were important, so I tried to fight. At first I was able to do it, but after a while I started struggling with the front tyre in the corners, and I was also getting caught on the straight by the others. We chose the medium front spec because we knew that with the hard option, which I felt better with, we wouldn’t have finished the race. In fact, with the hard front option being asymmetric, in this case the medium spec was harder on the right side than the hard spec, and the Mugello track stresses the right side more. But at a certain point, I started feeling I was struggling too much in the corners, so I decided to stay there and not risk crashing. The situation allowed us to finish sixth. This is an up-and-down championship, so we must keep working hard and look to improve.

Dani Pedrosa

We’ve been struggling with lack of grip since the beginning of the weekend, and today in the race it was even worse. I felt no grip since the start, either at the front or the rear, and I got passed by many riders with no possibility to fight back. The bike was shaking a lot even on the straight, and basically I wasn’t able to manage it. It was a long race. Ultimately I crashed on the last lap trying to overtake Cal, and I took him out. I’m sorry for that because it’s not good when you make a mistake and someone else pays for it. Luckily, we’re both okay after the crash, so we’ll take this and look forward to the next race. Hopefully we’ll have a better feeling in Catalunya.

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