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Márquez reflects on fantastic firsts

Márquez reflects on fantastic firsts

Maiden home podium leaves Spaniard on cloud nine.

The Gran Premio de España was a memorable weekend’s work for Spanish teenager Marc Márquez, with the happy conclusion for the youngster being a podium finish.

The Red Bull KTM rider started from the front row for the first time in his Grand Prix career –at a track where he had missed out the corresponding race in 2008 through injury. A tough battle between the front group was eventually settled on the final lap, with Márquez taking third place.

“It was a hard race, because of the strong wind and the nerves of being on the front row,” commented one of the smallest riders on the 125cc grid. “I took off well, but at turn four I made a mistake and nearly fell.”

Fighting with Sergio Gadea and Scott Redding for second after eventual racewinner Bradley Smith broke free, Márquez suffered a minor technical problem that nearly left him off the nostrum.

“I could have finished second, but on the home straight I had a technical problem and Gadea was able to pass me. I can’t complain though; a podium in front of the home fans has been a fantastic feeling.”


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