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Marquez describes clash with Lorenzo

Marc Marquez has shared his view of the final corner collision with Jorge Lorenzo which resulted in the Repsol Honda Team rider stealing second position in the Gran Premio bwin de España.

Ironically, the clash came at the newly-named Jorge Lorenzo corner, already the scene of a number of infamous moments over previous years. On this occasion the duel was for second place, occurring as Dani Pedrosa took the chequered flag.

After the race, Marquez explained his version of events to motogp.com:

“We had a very, very good race. I pushed all race-long, 100%, never giving up and always trying to stay close to Jorge to try and attack him over the last laps.

“On the last lap I was closer. I tried to pass him, but ran wide. However I had seen many videos of the last corner - of Valentino (Rossi), Pedrosa and others - and knew that it was possible to pass there. I learned from those. I’m sorry for Jorge, because you never want that (a collision), but I think the most important thing is that both of us finished the race and for the fans it was a very nice last lap.

“At first, I said to myself that I would finish third. I thought he would close the corner off a little bit more than he did, but I noticed that he had opened the door so I tried to pass him. When I saw in those last metres that I might touch him, I released the brakes a bit to make sure the touch was going to be a bit softer. The most important thing is that we both finished and I just hope that our relationship will get a bit better after a few days.

“If somebody did that to me…for sure, I would be angry - not because of the moment but because I would have lost a place on the podium. I can understand that but, anyway, I have said sorry.”

Marquez remains the championship leader after only three races in the premier class, but he is no longer on the same points total as Lorenzo who falls to third overall.

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MotoGP, 2013, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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