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The Italian GP saw Marc Marquez launch an all out assault on Jorge Lorenzo in his hunt for victory, forced to settle for second at the line.
It took Marc Marquez just three laps to get within the top three, a rapid succession of laps saw him close in on the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP duo leading the race. While the pair battled ahead Marquez quietly closed in and soon found himself behind Jorge Lorenzo after Valentino Rossi was forced to retire from the race. Marquez launched several attacks on Lorenzo but was unable to make any of them stick, deciding to wait for the last lap. The old Marquez was back in action, gone were his thoughts of the championship as he focused entirely on taking victory. It may have been dangerous for his championship, but the old Marquez produced thrilling racing.
As aggressive as ever, Marquez rode like a man possessed on the final lap as he and Lorenzo traded places. Lorenzo made a big move through the final chicane but Marquez responded and led as the pair exited the final corner and began the run to the line. Acceleration has been one of Honda’s major issues throughout the 2016 season, Marquez’s RC213V wheelie-ing slightly down the straight and causing him to lose precious drive, forcing him to settle for second.
Victory may have tasted sweeter, but 20 points for second are still incredibly valuable and keep Marquez in second overall. Lorenzo’s lead stands at ten points, but Marquez did manage to open a 27-point lead over Valentino Rossi. Round seven of the MotoGP™ World Championship will take place at the Montmelo circuit, Marquez’s home event. Having been unable to finish the race in 2015, Marquez will be out to make amends and get back to beating Lorenzo.
Marc Marquez: “For the first time in my career I know what it is like to lose the race in the last 50 meters, I don’t think I ever felt it before. I already knew it was really close because even with the slipstream I wasn’t able to overtake Jorge. We were struggling a lot all weekend with the last acceleration and on the top speed. I tried my maximum all the race and this was the best race that was possible today. I tried to win the race but in the last straight Jorge got me with the slipstream. We must still work on acceleration, here we were able to stay there in acceleration but we’re still losing there and we’ll try to make another step for the next races. This race the old Marquez came and I forgot about the championship and just attacked.”
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