It was such an amazing race
Marc Márquez scored his sixth win of the season and heads to the Malaysian Grand Prix with a 33 point lead over Andrea Dovizioso in the overall standings.
The Repsol Honda rider has 9 podiums from the last 10 races, and one more victory than last year when he was crowned MotoGP World Champion.
Dani Pedrosa, fifth in the overall standings, maintains his fight for fourth place with Valentino Rossi, who after this race leads him by just 14 points.
It was such an amazing race, I think we put on a fantastic show for the fans! I’m very happy, as I knew that today was important. Dovi was struggling a little this weekend, while I was feeling really good on the bike and had to make the best of it. When the race started I was thinking I had to stay calm and manage the tyres, but then Zarco hit me and I realized it was going to be a battle. I was in a group of fighters. I knew I had to push and defend, but also to attack. So I just tried to control the situation and then, with around eight laps to go, I just gave it my all. I pushed really hard for three or four laps and that was it. I’m happy with the win of course, but even more with going to Malaysia with a 33 point advantage!
In general we had a hard weekend here, and even today I couldn’t improve the situation in any way. I think the team did a good job, but I wasn’t able to be strong. The warm-up was wet and I lapped fast, but I didn’t have the chance to try the setup changes that we used afterward in the race. On the first lap I went wide, as did Dovi, and I lost contact with the group. But also later I wasn’t able to keep a fast pace. We must keep focused and try and do better in Malaysia.