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Perfect 2014 record ends with a crash for Marquez

Perfect 2014 record ends with a crash for Marquez

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) crashed out of Q2 at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya while pushing on his last lap.

Marquez has won six races from pole this year but on Sunday at his home round he will look for victory from third on the grid having been unhurt in the lowside turn 1 crash.

The standings leader’s first Q2 flying lap of 1’41.135s immediately put him top. He remained unchallenged until the dying moments of the session when Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa went ahead with a 1’40.985s.

Marquez again tried the strategy of switching bikes instead of tyres, and he returned to his number one bike with several minutes remaining. On his final flying lap Marquez entered turn 1 too quickly and subsequently crashed, ending his perfect run of pole positions which extends back to Valencia last year.

“Today I made the first mistake of the season, so I need to apologise to the team because it was my fault. The strategy we had set out was coming together perfectly, but when riding with the last tyre I braked too late. I knew it was my last attempt, so I tried to go into the corner anyway. That was not the best choice; I should have written off the lap, but these things happen when you are riding at home; you always try to give a little bit extra,” he reflected.

Looking ahead to tomorrow and the chance of rain he added, “We’re on the front row and ready for the fight. It’ll be a tough race but we’re ready to challenge Dani and Jorge (Lorenzo). We prefer a dry race, for the fans and for us it is much better. But if rain comes we put on the wet tyres and we will race. The last wet session we had was Motegi so there are a lot of unknown factors.”

MotoGP, 2014, GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYA, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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