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Marquez: ‘These 20 points are like a win for me’

Marquez: ‘These 20 points are like a win for me’

After a heavy crash in Warm Up at the Hertz British Grand Prix his race participation was in doubt, so to end up extending his championship lead at Silverstone was a triumph for Marc Marquez.

It was a difficult start to the day when Marquez had a heavy fall and dislocated his left shoulder in the morning outing at the British track. Fortunately, the 20 year-old received prompt medical treatment and was declared fit to race.

Starting from pole Marquez dropped a position by the first corner with eventual race winner Jorge Lorenzo taking the lead.  After several laps Marquez was joined by his teammate Dani Pedrosa and the three title contenders then rode the majority of the race closely bunched together.

On lap 13 Marquez attempted a pass on Lorenzo which he was unable to make stick, then on lap 18 he passed the World Champion again and briefly led the race before being re-passed with just one lap remaining.

Marquez fought to the end despite the pain in his shoulder but was unable to retake Lorenzo and crossed the line in second place, just 0.081s behind his victorious rival.

“I'm very happy with how things went today,” said Marquez after the race. “This morning when my shoulder popped out I thought that my weekend was over, but the doctors were able to put it back in place quickly and that allowed me to be up there at the front, fighting with Jorge.”

On the experience of the race itself he explained, “I didn't feel much pain, because I received an injection to dull the pain, but I was lacking strength and was feeling tired by the end. Despite all this, I was able to battle all the way until the final corner with Jorge, who eventually emerged victorious today. Congratulations to him! For me these 20 points are like a win!"

With his second place finish in Silverstone Marquez has set a new record of the most podium finishes by a rookie in the premier class, with 11 (Valentino Rossi scored 10 in 2000).

He also extended his lead in the championship standings to 30 points over Pedrosa, who came home third. Marquez is 39 points ahead of defending champion Lorenzo with six races remaining.

During the WUP crash incident, Marquez did not respond to yellow caution flags being displayed due to Cal Crutchlow’s crash on front of him and as a result Race Direction imposed two penalty points on the Repsol Honda rider’s record - which does not affect his championship points.

MotoGP, 2013, HERTZ BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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