News 26 Sep 2017

'A few scary moments' for Marquez in Aragon victory

Spaniard increases points advantage at the 14th round.

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Multi-time world champion Marc Marquez says there were a number of scary moments in his pursuit for victory last weekend at Aragon’s 14th round of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship.

The Repsol Honda rider started from the second row, negotiating his way into the lead to take his 60th career victory, extending his points advantage to 16 in the process.

“I’m very very happy with this victory because it was a tough race,” Marquez reflected. “Yesterday I wasn’t feeling totally comfortable with the bike, and today I was struggling again except in the warm-up – I don’t really know why. Anyway, racing at one of my favourite tracks, close to my home and in front of my fans, gave me extra motivation.

“I pushed hard and in some corners I just clicked the off-button in my head, even if I crashed twice yesterday. I saw that Viñales and Dovi were struggling a bit and knew it was the moment to push, so I did. There were a few scary moments, once when I was trying to overtake Valentino – he was tighter in that corner than I was expecting, and to avoid a clash I released the brakes, only to realise that Lorenzo was right there.

“So I went off the track, and at that moment I cooled down a bit, even if I continued to try and close the gap. Once I passed Lorenzo, I had to keep going as I saw that Dani was coming very fast. Anyway, that’s the Marquez style.”

The next round of the MotoGP World Championship is scheduled for 15 October at Motegi in Japan, marking the first of three flyaway races.