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Marquez: "I thought OK, now it’s time to change tyres!"

Marquez: 'I thought OK, now it’s time to change tyres!'

Marquez overcame the changeable weather conditions to claim the top spot on the podium at the San Marino GP.

The San Marino Grand Prix offered a totally unpredictable MotoGP™ race, in which Marc Marquez took advantage of opportunity to achieve his fourth win of the season, following victories at Austin, Sachsenring and Indianapolis. The current MotoGP™ World Champion managed the situation flawlessly when required to make two bike changes during the Misano round.

As it happened two weeks ago in England, rain appeared at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli just moments before the start of the MotoGP™ race. It did so timidly and all riders took the start on slicks, with Jorge Lorenzo, Marquez, Valentino Rossi and Pedrosa in the first four positions. However, only a few laps later the riders decided to come into the pits to change bikes –returning to the track with their machines for wet conditions.

On completely wet asphalt, the protagonists were the same, with Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi and Marquez at the front and Pedrosa losing ground after the bike change. However, the rain died down, the asphalt dried up quickly and several riders decided to change their bikes again.

Marquez was the first of the trio to do so and achieved an advantage that proved definitive. Rossi and Lorenzo decided to wait two more laps to change bikes, with Lorenzo crashing out and Rossi placing fifth. Bradley Smith and Scott Redding joined Marquez on the podium.

With this victory, Marc Marquez has now only failed to win at Phillip Island and Motegi in the premier class. He remains third in the World Championship with 184 points. Dani Pedrosa is seventh with 109 points. Next up, the series heads to Spain for the third time this season, to celebrate the fourteenth round of the year: the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon on the 27th September.

Marc Marquez: “It was a very strange race but I'm happy with the end result. It is difficult to explain everything that happened during the race but I think the key was the second tyre change – from wets to slicks. That was where we made a difference and – believe it or not – it was not me who decided everything! The team informed me of the situation with the pit board and helped me decide when to come in to change bikes, and I have to thank them! Also Honda, because we keep working and doing our best, even though our title chances are slim, so our target to the end of the year remains; the more wins, the better!

I was close behind the Yamaha to try and see how the asphalt and tyres were. I saw Lorenzo and Rossi had a lot of degradation and then I saw my bike started to move and I was losing so much time so I thought 'OK, it’s time to change'. When I changed I saw the track dry. The asphalt is new and dark so it’s really hard to see where is wet. But it’s really nice to be on the podium again. The target was victory so we’re really happy!"


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