Second place for Marc Márquez at Japanese GP

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Repsol Honda rider fights for the win until the last corner of the race, and remains World Championship leader. Dani Pedrosa retires on the twenty-first lap at Motegi.

Second place for Marc Márquez at Japanese GP

We scored some good points and made a good show for the fans so it’s ok.


Marc Márquez

Marc Márquez claimed his 100th Grand Prix podium in a race held on a completely wet race, and decided on the last lap.

Starting from third position of the grid, Márquez was first on Lap 13. Six laps from the end he was overtaken by Andrea Dovizioso and they have exchanged passes several times on the last three laps.

Dani Pedrosa re-entered the pits four laps from the end, due to problems with his rear tyre.

Marc Márquez

“Of course I tried and gave it my 100%, fighting until the last lap and the last corner. It was an amazing race with the two guys fighting for the Championship fighting for the win. Today there was a lot of water on track and for some reason I was struggling a little more than expected. I tried to push and be smooth but Andrea was very fast too for the entire race. Entering the last lap, I knew I had only a very small advantage ahead but then I made a small mistake in turn eight, well, quite a big mistake actually, and he caught me. After he passed he was very strong on the brakes and I wasn’t able to match him. In the last corner I tried again but it was not possible to pass him again. Today he did an incredible race and won but anyway I’m happy with our result as I was expecting him to be very very fast here. We scored some good points and made a good show for the fans so it’s ok.”

Dani Pedrosa

“It’s been a very difficult day and I’m really disappointed as there was a great opportunity to have a nice race. We have improved so much during the free practice sessions, from FP1 to yesterday, but it isn’t clear what happened with the rear tyre today in the race. At the beginning the rear tyre spun a lot and I lost a lot of traction which prevented me from opening the throttle on the straight. This issue continued to persist and halfway through the race it became worse and worse. I tried everything to make the bike work but it was almost impossible to ride in these conditions. I lost so much time and when I finally dropped out of the points I took the decision to retire, rather than crash. With so much water on track I didn’t expect to have problems with the extra soft rear tire and in fact Petrucci used the same one and he ended up on the podium. We will study together with Michelin the data and try to avoid it from happening again.”

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