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Marquez’ retirement blows the Championship wide open

Number 93 forced out of the British GP

Marc Marquez’s (Repsol Honda Team) hopes for victory at Silverstone went up in smoke with seven laps to go, as the number 93 was forced out of the fight at the front with a mechanical issue. The loss of prospective points blows the title fight wide open, with eventual winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) able to move back into the Championship lead in the aftermath.

All is far from lost, however, as Marquez remains second in the standings and had good pace at yet another venue. Now nine off the lead and four in front of third-placed man in the standings Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), it’s still very much game on.

Marc Marquez, DNF: “Today was really unlucky, as I was feeling very good on the bike and was there with the others, just trying to manage the race and tyres, especially the front as the temperature was higher than yesterday and I wanted to save it so to attack in the end. I had already seen that Dovi had something more than Viñales and Rossi, but I thought I could try and fight with him. So, everything was going well when I suddenly had a problem with the engine at the end of the straight. It’s a shame of course but that’s something that can happen in racing, and it was the first time for me with Honda. The positives are that we were fast here, as we have been at other tracks, and that we’re still there in the Championship. Zero points today, but I’m still feeling good with the bike and am looking forward to the next races."

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