Marquez: I needed to stay on the bike

Marquez: I needed to stay on the bike

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Marquez: I needed to stay on the bike

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The fortunes of MotoGP’s title contenders pivoted from moment to moment in Sunday’s championship-deciding race at Valencia. Newly crowned six-time champion Marc Marquez admitted to making “stupid mistakes” – and after an amazing save, he had resigned himself to losing the championship until Andrea Dovizioso made a mistake of his own.

“I think you have good highlights of the race,” Marquez joked of his Turn 1 save after a back-and-forth for the lead with Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Johann Zarco. “It was so difficult to control. The easiest strategy was just finish the race, but it was difficult to control myself because, from the beginning I start not so bad, then I saw Zarco was behind. I let him pass because I know that he will try to push, and when I was behind him I was able to be much faster.

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“Even I was losing the concentration; I was doing some stupid mistakes because I was not riding my way. Then he made a little mistake and I overtook but I saw he was aggressive, and for that reason I did the mistake in the first corner. Because when I passed him in the last corner I was, like, scared, because I feel like his bike was close, I like to brake later and for try to avoid a critical moment but I put myself in a critical moment. When I lose the front, I say, okay, I will stay with my bike and see where we finish. But when I was already down, I pull up the bike, somebody say that today I need to stay on the bike and I stay, and since that moment I say okay, time to finish the race.”

“When I see that [Jorge] Lorenzo and Dovi did the mistake [running into the gravel with six laps to go]… I’m disappointed because I would like that Dovi would be here with us [on the podium] because he had an amazing season,” Marquez said. “But since that point, I said I will try to catch them again. But I go down to 31.7 but it was impossible to keep concentration. I was losing gears, I was missing the corners, I say okay, finish the race, I will enjoy this night.”

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Marquez was gracious in recognizing Dovizioso’s effort this season.

“I’m disappointed that he didn’t finish the race today, because he was an incredible opponent, incredible person, I mean I have a really good relationship with him,” Marquez said. “Especially also the Ducati guys. I saw on the big screen that they go to my box to congratulate my mechanics. Full respect, this is very, very nice and I learned many, many things from Andrea. I learned especially mental things. The way to approach the races, way to approach the weekends showed me that you need to understand when and forget the others. And this is something that not many people can do, and he’s one of the best ones, maybe the best one to control that.”

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