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Marquez: “It was a difficult Sunday”

Marquez: “It was a difficult Sunday”

Marc Marquez salvages fourth in difficult Motul Grand Prix of Japan, battling a vague feeling on Honda.

Since joining the premier class in 2013, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has never taken a victory at the Motegi circuit a fact that unfortunately continued on Sunday. Rain fell in the morning meaning the MotoGP™ World Championship race was held on a wet rack, Marquez one of the few riders who was happy to see rain. Carrying an injured left hand, the rain made battling around the Honda owned track less difficult with speeds and braking intensity reduced. It would be his Honda that was the major limiting factor, unable to ride comfortably despite little pain from his hand over the 24-lap affair.

It was not an easy race for any of the MotoGP™ riders as the track began to dry, wet tyres quickly began to fade and the race became a battle to simply finish for many. Marquez began to cut through the fading riders and found himself in fourth at the end of the race. With three races left, Marquez is officially out of contention for the 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship and is now focused on ending the year in third.

Marc Marquez: “It was a difficult Sunday. In the wet, right from the warm up it was difficult to find the ideal setup and I didn’t feel entirely comfortable. We made some small changes for the race, so as not to take too many risks, but I never felt good and in the end we finished fourth. My hand didn’t give me too many problems in the wet, in the dry it would have been more difficult. Now we have to take away information from this Sunday and I look forward to going to Phillip Island, which is a circuit that should be better for us and is one of my favourites. I’d also like to send my best wishes to Alex De Angelis – we are all thinking of him."

MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, RAC, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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